Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday

We had some rainy weather and so I got to spend some time inside getting things done. It was a welcome break after all the digging in the garden.

My grandmother gave me 4 yards of fabric the other day while we were visiting her. She had bought it for my cousin, who just had to have it at the time and was convinced that Grandma could just sew her a dress without any pattern, and then hadn't done anything with it. My grandmother is not known to be a packrat to any extent. In fact, she is regularly throwing things away. She is compulsively neat and tidy and abhors clutter. And as she ages, it's gotten even worse. She now is determined that there be as little as possible for her sons to have to go through after she dies, so she is getting rid of everything. The fact that this material didn't get tossed years ago is a miracle. I'm just lucky I happened to be there when it crossed her mind to get rid of it or it would've been sitting in the dump.

With 4 yards, Meagan and I decided that we could manage to get a dress for her and a skirt for me. In fact, as I cut it, I realized that I will need a bit of coordinating fabric for the bodice of her dress, as it wasn't quite enough. But still, a great deal! So given that I need some extras for Meagan, I made my skirt first.
I used the Simplicity pattern #4189 (view F) that I snagged for a dollar at a JoAnn's sale last year. It is a very simple skirt with only 4 pieces of fabric and an elastic waistband.

I decided to model it with my new T-shirt I picked up at the farm store. I just couldn't resist it. It says "We dig chicks". And the green matches the skirt. I think it'll be a cute outfit for working out in the garden and such this summer.

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Terri & Crew said...

I love the fabric! Great job and it was neat that you were in the right place at the right time.


Debbie J. said...

What a great way to use the fabric. You look very cute with your matching shirt!

The Happy Housewife said...

Cute skirt, I love the outfit! Perfect for summer! I can't wait to see the matching dress when you finish it!

Miranda said...

I love your skirt. Very cute, cool and springlike! The shirt is adorable too.

Dianne said...

Very good job on the skirt. Goes well with the Tee. It will be perfect for the outdoor gardener.

First time to your site, good job on the sewing project. I'll be back.

Mom2fur said...

Wow, four yards of fabric! Lucky you! The skirt is adorable. Right up my ally, too--4 pieces and no zipper. I'm going to write that pattern number down on my 'to buy' list for the next time Joanne's has a 1.99 pattern sale.
The t-shirt is cute.
And good for your grandma, not hoarding things. What's that they say, 'you can't take it with you', right? (Well, I hope your granny's around for a good long time. She sounds like a neat person!)

Lona said...

Great job! I *LOVE* the shirt.

It reminds me that I've been having sign envy for over a year. Our local feed store has a Purina sign that says "Only the cute chicks eat here." It just begs to be hung in my kitchen...