I recently had a rather large shopping accident at Fabric.com, and decided I needed to get sewing to help justify spending so much money.
I made Katie an Olivia pinafore from panda fabric, lined in a bamboo print.
I fussy cut the back to have the cute panda family visible.
I used plastic snaps instead of buttons. Then I got really daring and used a striped knit to make the Olivia under dress. No hood, since I didn't have enough fabric for it.
The sleeves are a little long for her, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Hannah got a new dress, too.
The sleeves and bottom band of the skirt are Chinese characters.
The bodice and skirt are Japanese kokeshi dolls. I feel a little bit weird about mixing cultures like that, but maybe it's enough just to know that they're not the same?
I managed to drop off the Farmer's Market quilt I showed you recently for Project Linus (after it rode around in my van for over a week!). I've started on 2 scrap quilts, and I went through a bucket of scraps, cutting out small and medium sized blocks and then setting the rest aside. All those leftover scraps (4 mailing bags worth) went to a friend whose daughters have taken an interest in sewing.
smaller blocks scrap quilt in progress
Getting the scraps out and getting the dresses finished feels really good. I hope to be more productive in the sewing room this year.
This post may be linked up at these linky parties.
Thanks for clicking for us!