I Know You Gals Will Understand

I had lots of WIPs to show you on Friday but just not the time to show them since they all needed to be done by 5AM yesterday morning. That’s when we got up, got ready, hopped in the car and drove and drove and drove to get our family portrait taken. Insane, yes, but I know the photos will be worth it. One of my favorite photographers was within driving distance so you better believe I was getting her to take our pictures. Last week when either Stefan or I mentioned the session to anyone and that we were driving all that way we were met with the strangest looks and questions like, can’t you just go to Sears? Well, no offense to the Sears guy but I’m pretty sure he won’t deliver anything like this. So, we drove, and drove.

But back to Friday’s WIPs. I wanted to learn to sew clothing because of occasions just like this. We had two sets of outfits for the photos, each with their own color palette — you know, if you’re going to all this trouble for family portraits you want everyone to look good. One wardrobe started with a peasant top/dress for Katrina made by Sandi. The second wardrobe started with a shirt for me. I rummaged through our clothing and did a little shopping but still didn’t have everything I needed for everyone. So, I went to the fabric store (four times), and then started sewing. I would never compare my paltry skills to the likes of Martha but I have to say I did feel some kinship with her this week since I knew she was finishing up her Spring collection.


For wardrobe number one I made Katrina a headband — to coordinate with the peasant top/dress — and Tristan a raglan t-shirt:

Raglan Tee

What I really wanted was something like this but the buttons had too much potential for disaster and since it would be my first knit experience I decided to go with just a straight raglan shirt even though the pattern I used — Burda 9748 — calls for a similar closure.

For wardrobe number two I was a little busier. First there was a romper/shortalls for Tristan:

Photo by Papa

These are made from a fine brown corduroy and I see him wearing them without a shirt underneath this summer. I will be making him more of these — McCall’s 2033 — for sure. Next, I made an elastic waistband linen a-line skirt for me:

A-Line Skirt

I used these instructions with a small modification for a waistband sewn separately instead of just folded over. The last thing I sewed was this dress for Katie:

Photo by Papa

This is why I wanted to learn to sew. I’m sure I could have gone to five different stores searching for the perfect dress to coordinate with the light blue and brown colors but instead we went to the fabric store for 20 minutes and found this brown and blue fabric. I was able to use the bodice pieces from a pattern I had already — McCall’s 2033 — in a size 4 — since that was the largest pattern size and Katie needs a larger size mostly for length — and then added a longer, fuller skirt than called for in the instructions.

As I was finishing up all these projects on Friday night Stefan said to me, I don’t know anyone else who would go to all this trouble. To which I replied, Oh, I do, I definitely do. See, I knew you gals would understand.


11 Responses to “I Know You Gals Will Understand”

  1. 1 amandajean May 20, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    it looks like your favorite photographer would be worth driving a long ways for. you sure have been busy sewing! I am impressed. thanks for the link for the patternless a-line skirt. I’m thinking of giving it a shot.

    do we get to see some of the photos?

  2. 2 Marie May 21, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Wow, you’ve been busy! Evertything is beautiful, but I especially love Katies brown and blue dress! I wish i could talk Nene into wearing something other than pink. I understand why you would want this photographer, the one with the girl in the blue chair is great, I hope you’ll show us the photos when they’re done!

  3. 3 lyn May 21, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Wow – what beautiful clothes. You are clever !
    I bet the photographs are going to be amazing.

  4. 4 Grace May 21, 2007 at 9:39 am

    That dress!!!! It’s amazing!!! I just can’t get enough of that last shot. Wow.

  5. 5 Anina May 21, 2007 at 10:43 am

    So true! I love everything, especially that little blue and brown dress. What lovely fabric!

  6. 6 Sonya May 21, 2007 at 11:57 am

    What lovely things, all of them. That photo is going to be all the more special. You were right about understanding.

  7. 7 martha May 21, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    ah, yep. get it -totally:)
    wow you’ve been busy. I can’t believe that only a short time ago you sewed your first garment -now look at you! the dress is outstanding.
    Now to go see Nichole’s photo.

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