I've been MIA, I know. I've spent the last few days volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout camp. It's been fun but exhausting. Spending 6 hours a day outside with 15 fourth graders and then coming home and trying to get a few hours of work done is tiring me out! And it's been really hot out...so instead of my camp t shirt, shorts and closed toe shoes that are required at camp, I've been dreaming of wearing one of these light and lovely dresses:
Stay cool and happy Wednesday!
(Oh...these can all be found on my style board on Pinterest!)
One of my favorite things to do when designing dresses for City Kids is to cut up old tee shirts, button downs and fabric and turn them into cute little dresses. Here are a few of my latest before and afters:
I've done a ton of these and have just started taking the before pictures. I need to remind myself to do it every time....
Would you believe that the fabric from these adorable Sounders dresses came from a jersey knit couch slip cover?!
I'm kicking myself for not taking a before picture of that slip cover sitting on a couch. I think that was upcycling at it's best...I got a ton of dresses out of that thing!
Anyhow, it's fun giving new life to old clothing and old fabric. Not all of City Kid's garments are upcycled but a lot of them are. For more upcycled goodnedd check out the shop here. I also take custom orders...if you have a school shirt or sports shirt or any favoite tee that you want turned into a dress for your little one, just let me know!
I love this dress for so many reasons. It's totally girly yet still hip and unique. It's got the most amazing roomy pockets. And the best thing is that even though it's dressy and can be worn on fancy occasions...it's totally comfortable so your little girl can still run and play and have fun. Parker has worn hers to dressy events at the ballet and the theatre but she also likes wearing it to school wear she runs and climbs trees! And it's jersey and lycra knit so you can just throw it in the washer and dryer! Enough said?! You can find it here!
The back of the 2/3 patchwork dress...I'm a little in love with this cutie!
Order today and your little love will have it within 5 days or less...plenty of time to wear before Valentine's Day. And love goes a long way, so these dresses will be perfect all year round! For more Je T'Aime goodness see here!
A few years ago I got myself this sweatshirt from Free People:
And I wear it all the time. It's comfy and cozy. Perfect for lounging around the house in and perfect to throw over a pair of jeans with some boots. And pretty much anyone who knows that I sew, asks me if I made it when they see it for the first time. And my response is alway "No but it sure would be easy to make!" So I finally did!
I found almost the same soft fabric at my local sewing store. It's a super soft jersey knit that's thicker than a regular knit but thinner than sweatshirt fleece. It took all of about an hour and that included coming up with a pattern. I basically just folded the original sweatshirt in half and traced the seams creating a pattern piece for the arms, the cowl neck and the bodice. I also added a bottom piece and sleeve cuffs and reversed the fabric for those. Here are a few in between pics:
And the finished product:
Dave thought a twirl was in order too (since Parker always twirls in her photoshoots!)
Terrible picture, I know...but it gives you a good view of the top! Anyhow, it's a little on the big side but I'm pretty pleased with it. This is officially the first item of clothing I've ever made for myself! Oh...and do you notice my short hair?! I did that last weekend. And I'm really missing my long hair!
Just a quick note to let you know that I'll have a Pop up Shop with all of my City Kid threads at this super fun event and fundraiser! For more info on Beats for Boobs and some of their past events that I've participated in see here and here.
Hope to see some of you Seattle peeps there next week!