Saturday, May 15, 2010

as promised

I am happy to present Hana's Jump Rope Dress!!! She loves it and wore it all day today! She reports that it does improve one's rope jumping "a lot, Mom!"Most of the time, when I choose clothes (to buy or to make) for Hana that are simple, stretchy, and colorful. However, when/if Hana chooses, she goes for buttons, belts, and bling (I can usually talk her down. ;) With this dress, we have found perfect compromise! There are many great details to this pattern, and they're all worth the extra work and time (and they're all explained beautifully in the instructions). Most important in Hana's view, the belt/sash; I think it makes her feel a bit grown up. The button tabs on the sleeves and pockets are just a sweet way to add detail and another yummy button!Here are one pair of the gauchos I made from an old t-shirt of mine. I turned an existing pair inside out and traced the silhouette of one whole leg/side onto the fabric. I used the hem of the t-shirt as the hem of the pants. This particular t-shirt was very boxy, so I was able to create a very full leg style without seams on the side (I love that for kid's clothes ~ I'm not sure why). I turned over the top to make a casing for elastic. Ta-da! Pants! I had two of these shirts, this pink and a dusty orange, so now Hana has two of these pants. Woo-hoo! She really likes to layer these (I like it too); she's got leggings on too in the picture below, and if you look closely at the first picture of her dress, you can see these pants peeking out. She wore all this all day today! She cracks me up! Hopefully, I'll have more to add tomorrow. There was no sewing today. Lots of playing and lots of sunshine though. :)

16 comments:

Sayu said...

You did it again Annri! 'alot sible!'
Hana you look so grown up!!
love the gauchos! and love the extra 'button' :-b

A super job!

Kate said...

Oh I love, love, love your jump rope dress! It looks practical and so much fun and very professional. Great job! Love the layered legging look too.

tangled sky studio said...

so fun and so inspired annri! i adore the fabric and the layering...it's a perfect match.

xo-
-b

Donna Heart said...

the dress is indeed bautiful, but the shoes, oh the SHOES!!! Oh if only I had to time to sew as well! I'm all inspired now - thankyou!

britt said...

the dress is super cute and the pants look really cozy. great job!

Larissa said...

Love all the detail you put into that dress - gorgeous work! and i need to try making pants out of tees for my girlie. thanks so much for the inspiration - your work is beautiful!

ArtesanĂ­as en lanas e hilos said...

Beautiful blog! I loved it!
Greetings Xime

woolies said...

ah, such fun to dress a little girl. I just had boys to dress, not as much fun.
:)

I said...

I see what you mean by yummy buttons--they look down-right jelly edible. H, what style you have!! xx

mary jane said...

so sweet, you crafty woman! and what about those dorothy shoes? fantastic!

t does wool said...

what an adorable jump rope dress,Annri!

Alison said...

Ok, you are two girls after my own heart. I am totally enamored of your understated elegance, Annri and I can't get enough of Hana's red shoes and polka dots in my life. I think you're right this outfit is the perfect compromise. I adore it!...and the leggings—perfection!...that girl has great style!
Well done girls, beautifully designed, crafted and worn!...you guys rock!
xoxo~

Kate Bruning said...

Oh I love it all - and what a character!!!

Tora said...

That dress is gorgeous, and I can imagine she likes it, too. Who wouldn't? Great work!

angelina said...

i love it. and those red shoes. yes.

rebekka said...

That is so cute and I LOVE the fabric!!!