Birdsong Bows: Sewing, rather than shopping

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sewing, rather than shopping

I've never really loved clothes shopping. I know I'm in the minority (among many women, anyway), but the nicely-cut clothing is usually out of my price range, and being petite, clothes are often either too long, or too wide. And lately, because the price of cotton has skyrocketed, the cotton on T-shirts has become miserably thin, and I'm thinking: I'm paying *that* for *this?*
Our girls also tend to gravitate toward looks that are expensive -- but looks that are totally accessible for me to sew. So I've made a loose commitment to sew most of the new clothes for my daughters and I...probably not jeans and bras, but I may even give underwear a "whirl."
I'm particularly interested in sewing with knits, because they're so comfortable and easy to wear! Sure, they're different to sew, but with a few modifications (and continued learning on my serger), the results are very professional! As I go along I'll share some tips and techniques.
My youngest daughter loves to wear skirts, but still enjoys jumping around, upside down (exposing her underwear!) so I started with sewing up several pairs of leggings in different lengths. The pattern is from Patty Young's book, "Sewing ModKid Style." I used some cotton rib knit with Lycra that I had available from former baby headband projects. This fabric is perfect for leggings, because the Lycra, or spandex, helps the fabric bounce back into shape around the knees.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store had some cute and inexpensive knit fabric to use for a twirl skirt (pattern also available in Young's book).
I plan to make a funky T-shirt as well, but right now the leggings and skirt match wonderfully with one of my daughter's monkey T-shirts. I might change out the sleeves with the dot print, though - it would really tie everything together and add to her girlish funky style!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cute! I would sew all of my daughters clothes too, if time allowed. And, I know exactly what you mean about being petite and trying to find clothes! I have yet to try to sew for myself, ironically, but I really need to try it. For some reason "curves" scare me, and I'm only use to sewing for "kiddos". ;)

September 15, 2012 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Deanna McCool said...

Thanks, Kim! My daughters have to wear uniforms to school, and my younger one has lots of the task isn't as big as it would seem otherwise! Basically they just need a few things to tide them over on weekends and some fun stuff for holidays. I figured it's worth a try, and we'll see where it goes!

September 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM  

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