It started innocently enough with a simple circle skirt that I made for my little girl. I found the tutorial online, and after purchasing a pretty cream fabric with a vintage looking floral print, I set to work on my first creation. It was supposed to have a simple bit of elastic as a waistband, with the elastic actually showing, but thinking this was going to look a little naff, I decided to create a waistband of fabric and slip the elastic through that. With a little bit of fiddling I figured it out, and although it wasn't the neatest job, it was done. She wears it with her shirt over the top, not tucked in, so the little imperfections don't really matter.
My next sewing adventure was revamping my pink dress, which you can see here. For this I had to make up my own pattern for the fabric at the hem, and create a collar, so I was really chuffed when this came out. Just like a bought one! Now the fabric I bought for this little project was a pretty pale pink with polka dots, but I bought WAY too much...so I had plenty left over to tackle my very first dress...a pretty little dress with frills at the shoulders. I've bought a lovely collection of sewing books, all for beginner sewers, and this one Sewing For Your Girls by Yoshiko Tsukiori proved even easy enough for me to follow!
I found if I read ahead the instructions freaked me out a little, but doing each step, one at a time, was completely manageable and I was really happy with the end result. Not only was I pleased with how it came out, but I was also totally excited that I was able to follow the instructions without losing my nerve!
This was the end result....
This was our evening at the park. It was a surprisingly warm day today, so I decided to take the kids out on their bikes (me pushing my daughter in the stroller and struggling to keep up!) and they had a lovely play, before I sent my eldest son down to the shops to pick up some fish and chips, which we ate sitting at a park bench. A really lovely simple evening with my children!