This is my fourth Ice Cream dress. (My past versions are here, here, and aww, look at baby Tarikua here).
I have been drawn to simple lines lately. Which is why I omitted the pattern's contrasting band and the pockets, just like I did here. Simple, simple.
I especially like simple lines when I am using a fabric that really shines, like this does.
The fabric is Flower Power in Denim. Maybe I'm a dullard but I was very confused as to whether this fabric was actually in denim. Even when I ordered it I wasn't quite sure. I don't really envision the color denim as being lavender. But rest assured, this fabric is just regular quilting cotton.
I cut the yoke from linen. I have used linen quite a lot in the past, but I had forgotten how shifty and wonky it can be. It feels like the whole thing is cut on the bias. I had to cut the yoke out twice because the first time, the fabric had shifted so much. I needed to use a lot of pins and I should have definitely read this first.
I contemplated adding pockets. I wanted to add either side pockets like this, or bigger square pockets. I talked to Dan about it. We decided to leave them off, in the name of simplicity.
When making this decision, how, oh how, could I forget about Indigo's ongoing quest for snail shells? She found a handful, and looked up at me, concerned - Mom, where am I going to keep my shells? I have no pockets!
I may be adding pockets to this dress after all.
I made a fabric covered button for the closure. I have a thing for fabric covered buttons. I use them quite a lot.
I've been wanting to sew leggings for the girls ever since I saw this mind blowing photo on Flickr. (In my sewing brain, yes, this is indeed mind blowing. Isn't it inspiring?) You see, my girls love to wear dresses. But they also love to climb trees, scale concrete walls and countless other things that aren't the gentlest on bare skin.
But I have a small confession to make. I was a little (a lot?) afraid of knits. I've had some good experiences with knits... and some really bad ones.
So, I emailed Corie of Banberry Place, knowing she sold knits, for some advice. She's local, which is even better. She recommended I use a cotton lycra blend for leggings. She said if you check the tag of most store-bought leggings, that's what they are made in (cotton + lycra or spandex). So I ordered this and it worked great.
Nicole recommended the Sunki leggings patten. I bought the $4 PDF here. I'm not sure if these leggings are meant to be capri length? I cut them a size longer but next time I'd add even more length. They were super tight at first - more like tights, but stretched out as she wore them, making them more like regular leggings.
Before sewing the leggings, I did some reading on sewing knits. I asked some great sewers. I looked into buying a walking foot. But ultimately, I decided to keep it simple and if that didn't work, adjust from there. I started by using polyester thread, a ball point needle and a stretch stitch on my machine. To my surprise (delight?) it worked great. No walking foot. No double needles, No serger. No, I did not finish the seams, and to a finishing stickler like myself, you might think this would drive me a little crazy. But in the past when I've sewn with knits, I haven't finished the seams and since they don't fray it's never bothered me. In fact, I don't give it a second thought.
I'm definitely looking forward to sewing many more leggings in the future. I spent $9 on a yard of fabric. Since knit fabric is 20" longer from selvage to selvage, I had enough to make leggings for both Indigo and Iris. I feel it's somewhat difficult to find leggings that I love in the store, and when I do, they're often quite expensive. So this seems like a great option. Maybe I'll even crank out as many as Nicole! A girl can dream, right? :)
Indigo and I wrapped up her shell collection extravaganza.
She informed me it's technically her 'nature collection' because it also includes feathers. On this particular day she even found a cardinal feather - a highlight for sure.