Sunday, July 29, 2012

Loopy Flower Shirred Sundress

I am all about soft, practical, easy- on and off clothes for my Toddler.  Sometimes it is quite a struggle to get her dressed, so easy-on sundresses in the summer make life much easier.
I get tons of knit material from my mother in-law. She does the alterations for a plus-size clothing store in Tel Aviv and gets all their leftover fabric for free. When I started sewing she was very happy to clean out her closets and give me yards and yards of mostly solid color, soft knit fabric - perfect for kiddie clothes.
This dress actually started out as a swimsuit cover for me. I wanted to practice shirring, since it seems like a great technique, but I haven't had much experience with it.  I figured I would take one of the free fabrics and try it out, and if it doesn't work out, I have nothing to lose. Unfortunately, I didn't realize just how much the fabric shrinks when you are shirring. So after shirring the front of the dress, I realized this would turn into another sundress for Littleheart.

My first Post

Hi and welcome to my first post!

After intensively reading all of your wonderful sewing and crafts blogs for about a year, I figured I might give it a go.

I love anything creative - beading, painting, knitting, crocheting...but my newest passion is sewing. I learned basic sewing skills in middle school (handcraft is a mandatory class in Switzerland, where I grew up), but I never really sewed after that. When my daughter was born in the end of 2010 I started having the urge to create things for her. I hand sewed her a few toys out of felt and then started surfing the internet for more ideas I could make without a sewing machine. I found some really fun things to make, but realized that I could only go so far without a sewing machine. So last year, for my birthday, my aunt bought me my first sewing machine, and that is when my passion for sewing started. My mom helped me get started with my first project - a sofa cover that would make our old sofa look more elegant in our new apartment, and then I kind of just took off from there.

I went from sewing easy things for the new apartment to clothes for my daughter and now newly clothes for myself. I have just been eating up all of those wonderful tutorials in the sewing blog world (thank you sewing blog ladies!) and am starting to find my own style. I started this blog to have a place to capture everything I make and share it with family and friends, and who knows where it will go from here.

I hope you enjoy my blog. Looking forward to seeing where it takes me.