7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits.
I did it! I made a dress for my daughter and a shirt for me out of the same fabric! I’ve been wanting to do this since March of last year, when I added it to my 40 Before Forty list. I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately, like the Reds shirt I made from a baby bodysuit, and Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee recently caught my eye, so I decided I was ready to jump in!
My daughter and I went to the fabric store where we picked out Simplicity pattern #2241. It’s a “Learn to Sew” pattern, so I figured it’d be easy for me since I definitely a beginner garment maker. We also picked out some fabric—that we both liked. Obviously, I’m all about wearing a shirt that matches a 4-year-old’s dress, but I wanted it to be appropriate for both of us. Later, I ordered the Scout Tee pattern.
I made the Scout Tee first since after reading both patterns it was the simpler garment. It was so easy to put together! And, the fit is fantastic. I’m already scheming to make more.
The experience with the Scout Tee really helped me make the dress. With the tee I learned how to make gathers and use bias tape to finish the neckline. I did both of these things with the dress, which has gathers on the front and back and both the neckline and armholes are finished with bias tape. The only thing I would change is the bias tape I used for the dress. The pattern called for single-fold bias tape, which I purchased. The Scout Tee had directions for making my own. For the dress, I should have just made and used my own. I think it would have come out better.
We actually haven’t worn our new clothes yet. I’m saving them for Mother’s Day when we’ll get together with family. I’m not sure how the dress will go over with my daughter, because 4-year-olds can be fickle. But, if I can get one decent (again, fickle) picture of us together, well, I’ll be happy!
Another thing off the 40 Before Forty list! I need to add more, because I actually only have 11 things on it. Haha! At least I have 5 years before I turn 40!
The Full 40 Before Forty List
1. Actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: DONE!
2. Finish my chicken wall hanging and get it hung in my kitchen: DONE!
3. Pitch my book idea.
4. Decorate the half bathroom.
5. Attend the Modern Quilt Guild’s Quiltcon.
6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.
7. Make myself and daughter matching outfits. DONE!
Do the Little Miami Triathlon.
Host a brunch.
14. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
15. Learn to hambone.
Become a 2-pet household.
26. Peep at some leaves on the East Coast: DONE!
28. Learn the names of trees.