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Summer Seams for Kids

Unexpected detours and commitments have kept me away from my machine quilting for far too long. Since January, the teal silk bedspread that I had been working on for most of the fall of 2018, has not been touched. Ouch! Instead of letting this traumatize me too much, I have been consoling myself with smaller projects.

From a very young age, I was sewing clothes for myself and later for my daughter. But, since quilting entered the equation in the early eighties, the closet has relied more on a working credit card, rather than a working Bernina.

Sewing clothes, especially for little ones, doesn't require nearly the same investment of time that quilting or boutis require. And, since four year olds are always happily growing up into the next size up, I've had fun over the last few months sewing for my granddaughter.  To my surprise and delight, I find that I am quite enjoying the process.

Below is a sampling of a few of the "summer seams" that emerged from the Bernina.

Having fun at AK's cottage at the lake in mommy's sun hat and a sweet little hearts t-shirt. Pattern by "oliver & s"


Strawberry ice cream and this pink and black polka dot knit t-shirt seem to be made for each other.

Pink cotton skirt with a light weight cotton flocked blouse.

The same pink skirt paired with a purchased floral sweater and leggings are perfect for a walk in the garden.

Sweet little lady bugs on a white cotton for a sweet little lady.

Little hearts on white jersey. (I had forgotten the "joy" (not so much) of sewing with jersey!!!) I will remember to steer clear of it, unless of course it's too cute to pass up.

The addition of a button placket made this t-shirt much more user friendly and caused much less stress (and complaining) on a little head.

The designs for these clothes come from a combination of patterns from several different  sources and were adapted to the Lady H's specifics.

"oliver & s"  patterns (love them)
"Sew Sweet: Handmade Clothes for Girls" by Yuki Araki; Tuttle Publishing 2014
"Boutique Casual for Boys and Girls" by Sue Kim; Stash Books, C & T Publishing 2014

More "Seams" coming for school.
 

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