The first item I made was the book report dress. I wanted to make it all in one colour and I made a few little alterations to the pattern based on this t-shirt from Daks that I bought at Christmas time
Note the zipper and the quilted shoulders and sleeves
So I borrowed those ideas and incorporated them into my dress:
It really isn't that wrinkled in real life!
I inserted invisible zippers at the front and back yoke shoulder seam. They are not perfect but I think they will look OK once the dress is on. Perhaps next time I will make the zipper more of a feature like the Daks's t-shirt
The only other modification I made was to use the "burrito method" to enclose the stitching for the back yoke and its facing just like on a man's business shirt. The batting added quite a bit of bulk which made this a little bit more of a fiddle than it might have been but it turned out looking very tidy on the inside.
And to finish off, I found a little sparkly button in my button box that matched the dress colour perfectly.
Although the photo is out of focus
On Sunday, I made a skirt using the rather appropriately named Sunday brunch a-line skirt pattern - although it would have been a very late meal if it had been needed at the time suggested by the pattern!
I cut up an old Anna S dress that I bought for about $5 at a school fair several years ago and tried to recreate something a little like this skirt that I snapped in Tokyo last year.... while trying to not look like I was stalking the child
Ok, so this looks nothing like the little girl's skirt but you gotta work with what you've got!
And then in the second half of the day I whipped up a roller skate tunic from a Nano Iro print, and some Japanese lawn from Spotlight
And I bundled these up to send to Rosa with yet another Sailboat top I recently completed. I think I have probably had the knit fabric for at least ten years! So, another successful stash bust here and therefore time to buy more fabric....
And look! I managed to get the shoulder pieces overlapped the correct way again
Now, that was a much better way to spend a weekend than doing paper work....