Monday, March 12, 2012

Pop On Over




The solution to rebounding from an epic sewing fail?  Make something for a baby.

Or several somethings.


I made up a few popover dresses this weekend, which is a fabulous, quick and easy pattern from Oliver and S.  I had fun sorting through my stash of small fabric scraps and leftover trims.  I hang on to so many fabric scraps-- pieces that are too small to make anything pour moi but too big to get rid off.  The first two dresses are for a friend's baby who turned one this weekend.  The sizing on the free pattern wasn't small enough so I shrunk it down ten percent on a copier.  It looks right to me.
   

This one was made for a coworker who is having a shower this week.  I shrunk the pattern down again.  I used fabric from an old top I'd been saving.  I actually never wore the top but couldn't part with it because I loved the print so much.   Which got me thinking-- I really, really love this print.  But will my coworker?  When you make things for other people, do you ever wonder if they will like it as much as you do?  I had to ask myself if I was making something because I thought the recipient would like it, or if it was simply because I liked it.  I guess that's what happens when you sew for others.  You run the risk of making something not quite their style because of your own preferences.

Anyway, in the end I decided it didn't matter.  And I'm sure she'll like it.  I mean, who doesn't love bobble trim? ;)


Happy sewing, friends.

23 comments:

  1. Cute dresses. Love your contrasts and your trims. I save all my scraps too - you just never know, right?

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  2. Sooo cute! I particularly love the bobbles.

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  3. You're right, who doesn't. I'm sure she'll love it, they all are adorable.

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  4. Oh my goodness these are so cute and I'm especially loving your fabric choices!

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  5. I worry about giving homemade gifts for the same reasons. I love using up scraps and giving something "from the heart," but then after I'm done, I sort of panic and realized "What if they don't even like it???". And yet, I can't stand dragging myself (and my kids) to Target just for a gift that the recipient probably already has, you know?

    Cute dresses! Great work :D You're right, it's a great way to get out of a sewing slump!

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    1. Right, I'm the same way about buying something at the store.

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  6. ooh - bobble trim! I love this stuff. Couldn't agree more - sewing kids stuff is very satisfying after a troublesome sewing situation!

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  7. so cute, like all your kiddie stuff ps you know what happens if you hang around pregnant people too much ..

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    1. I have no choice! They're all pregnant! ;)

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  8. OH, the cuteness! Very good way of using scraps. Both of my little nieces have birthdays coming up, I´ll try to remember this idea for that! :-)

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  9. I agree. Making Lila clothes is what got me out of a months-long sewing depression last year...

    They're SO SO SO cute!

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  10. So cute! I've made that pattern in tiny doll size and I'm pretty sure it's an amazing design.

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  11. So sweet. And I love the print too, so how could she not?

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  12. So Lovely! Love the bobble trim.

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  13. Why thank you, all you lovely ladies. I'm hoping that making these few dresses will give me a kick in the rear to keep working on my dreaded pants...

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  14. You may be heartless to not like bobble trim on a little girl's dress :)

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  15. Awww! So completely adorable!! The lucky new mother will be thrilled with these ultra cute little dresses!

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  16. I love the rickrack!! and the bobble.... I don't want to know if my kids don't like the outfits I saw for my grandkids...haha..I never thought about "reducing" a pattern using a copy machine. I will definitely try that out!!!!!

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  17. These are so adorable! I'm sure they will be well loved. I often think about whether other people would like my unique fabric choices, too, but what can you do? Pick something ugly?

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  18. Super super cute! I want some grown up ones!

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  19. Bubble trim does it for me every time. In fact, I wonder if I can put some on my next skirt/top/dress/whatever....Hmmm.

    PS did you do a bonfire in the end to beat the pants pants?

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  20. awe - cute dresses!!! and that couch you reupholstered - wow. it looks so nice. i'm glad i found your blog. i'll look forward to more reading :)

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