In between excursions to the water park and zoo, I've been printing off pdf patterns (Colette Sorbetto & Hot Patterns Peachy Beachy Coverup) in anticipation of a little selfish sewing.
One of my recent sewing projects was a tote bag. I needed one large enough to fit beach towels for our entire family plus sunscreen, swim goggles, and any other day-outside-involving-water paraphernalia. After perusing flickr to look at the many versions of the Weekend Sewing Everything Tote and asking a few ?'s regarding the finished size, I made one for myself.
My modifications weren't much. I added 2 inches to the depth of the bag, lined the pocket, and ignored the written instructions for sewing the binding on. The end result is a roomy bag perfect for the beach and water park.
When it's time to sew a new bag, I'll add another pocket that's a little bigger and pad the handles.
My other sew-n-tell project is a dress for my oldest daughter. She kept changing her mind as to what she wanted and truth be told, most of the patterns I have are more suited for the little girls in style if not actual size. She liked a dress from Land's End but I didn't have any patterns with a surplice/faux wrap neckline that did not need heavy modifications done to it. As luck would have it, I found what I needed in an old Ottobre Design magazine in my mom's sewing room.
K's dress in Michael Miller's Plain Jane fabric
I took the front of OD #37 01/06 and left it as is and cut the back of the top to the same length as the front. I made my own pattern for the A-line skirt and gathered it so it would fit the bodice. I then sewed 4 rows of stitching with elastic thread in the bobbin to shir the top edge of the skirt. The bodice is lined and I added piping to the neckline and sleeve edges.
K and I chose this particular fabric so she would have another dress to wear with her red/white polka dot shoes. She's planning on wearing this dress to her cousin's wedding in July!