The girls have been playing together quite nicely lately. I have been so impressed. I think all the talks about "your sister is your best friend" are starting to pay off.
This has also allowed me a few free moments during the day to finally finish the coordinating outfit to this skirt I made last spring. I've had the pants cut out for a couple of months now and since there was no going back, I figured it was time to finish them up so they could actually be worn a few times this year. Better late than never, right?
The pants were pretty easy to make. I figured out the width of my pattern, at the widest part (the hem) and divided that by 2, then added seam allowance for the middle seams. I think they ended up being 6" squares. I forgot when I was cutting them out that I had wanted to re-draw the pattern to add a little flare at the bottom since I wasn't adding a ruffle. Oh well. I think they still turned out purdy darn cute.
Once I had all 4 pieces of patchwork sewn up I set it aside because I was seriously considering making it into 2 babydoll quilts. I had only bought a yard of each of these fabrics years ago and now have just scraps left. So it was a big decision to use so much all at once and for something we will only have for a short while. I am very attached to these fabrics. In fact these were the very first boutique fabrics I ever bought. Some Amy Buttler Charm and Jennifer Paganelli's Girlfriends, and all are out of print. I'm kind of wishing I had decided on the quilt. :( But they'll make for a nice resell next year, assuming they don't fit us anymore.
The tank top is from Old Navy and I just ironed on some fabric stabilizer to the back, used a ball point neddle in my machine and sewed the ric rac on. Of course you'll want to heat seal the ends of the ric rac too. Just run them through a flame real quick and the end will melt. The little flower is actually a hair clip from Gymboree's Palm Springs line from last year. I hand sewed that on. I love their little fabric clippies. What an easy way to dress up a plain tee and make a one of a kind top to match.
I hope you are enjoying what's left of summer.