Hello again! I know I have been coming up with one reason (excuse?) after another to not post, but seriously I don’t know where the days turn to weeks these days. Now we have a new mini (potentially major) crisis–we are back to house hunting. And believe me, second time in the less than a year in no fun.
So. Anyway. On to more interesting things. A few weeks ago, M handed over his worn out shirt somewhat reluctantly (because I think he couldn’t part with it) and told me that I could do whatever I liked with it.
I vaguely thought that it would look nice in a quilt that I had been planning a while… but then felt a little sad cutting it up into tiny pieces which would be totally unrecognizable as being a part of “that” shirt. So I made a dress out of it.
This wasn’t hard to sew, once I got around the cutting part. The back of the shirt made the front, and the front the back; the little frill and binding came from the sleeve. And I still have one more sleeve to cut into little pieces for some quilt:-)
I added lots of topstitching in pink as you can see, to break into the general blueness of the dress and to add an element of interest. I don’t think it worked as well on the front because he fabric has puckered up a bit. Can you see? Here is N in her Krishna leela mode (they celebrated the birth of Krishna in school last week).
The pattern is roughly based on pattern A from this Japanese book and is a breeze to sew. The frill part I made up, and I am glad I did, because otherwise the dress may have been too plain.
N: “Um. Um…It’s ok. The colour is too dark. Aai, I told you this is not blue I like.” etc. etc. In other words, she finds it a bit too plain (and the pink top stitching didn’t help because that is not her favourite colour either.)
M: Quite delighted! He cannot believe that a shirt can be made into this! 🙂