Delaney is long waisted. Finding shirts for her can be an adventure. So many brands have been hit or miss, or once they’re washed a few times they shrink and no longer fit well. I buy her longer tops or dresses for the most part, but I also thought it would be a good idea to sew her some tops so I could guarantee they would be long enough. I had found some tutorials on the web and pinned them, but knew I would need some motivation to actually get sewing. My mom agreed to a sewing weekend! But she was not in for just winging it with only web tutorials to go by, so she bought an old school pattern for us to use.
This is where I apologize for the lack of pictures. You would think I would have snapped shots along the way right? Wrong. The girls were rather demanding this weekend and my mom and I wanted to sew as many of these shirts as possible, so I failed at taking pictures.
First things first. I have not had good luck finding fun knit fabrics at the fabric stores. They’re expensive and plain, so I went online to Girl Charlee and ordered from there. Love them! And love their prices.
My mom made a test shirt before we got there. This was good because we could try it on the girls and make adjustments. We needed the longer length, but the bodice was too big, so we cut back on that. I think we made adjustments with each shirt that we sewed. Adding interfacing to make the collar stronger, skipping the zig zag in places, adding a double hem. It was good, because neither of us are the rip it out and redo types, we just move on and fix it in the next shirt.
In the middle, I did a tiered jersey dress for Delaney. I had bought $1 adult t-shirts years ago for this project, and just now actually put it together! You start out with a t-shirt that fits, cut rectangles out from old t-shirts, and then sew it all together! I have more old t-shirts in mind for another dress. Next time I think I’ll make the tiers smaller so the dress isn’t so long, and move them up a bit closer to the arm pits. On, this looks more like a nightgown, but Laney loved it so that’s what matters!
I like to sew even though I’m not particularly good at it. I have a tendency to forge ahead without always thinking through what really needs to happen. I’m not mechanically inclined, so it can be hard for me to figure out how things are supposed to go together if I can’t talk it through with someone else. But, I like to create things. At my job? I review, I plan, I motivate, I track, but I don’t create anything. My team does, but I don’t. This weekend? It felt *really* good to create things and then see the girls want to put them on immediately. When Laney tried this shirt on and then came running at me with a huge grin on her face? It made all the sweat, frustration, and swearing worth it! Also, a huge thank you to my mom for doing this with me! I couldn’t have done it without her sewing expertise.