Sewing for Spring
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Happy Good Friday! 🙂

Spring is ever so slowly peaking around the corner. Winter just doesn’t want to let go this year.

When my bulbs start blooming, hope swells within me that Spring is almost here.

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Soon the winter hats will be packed away for the warm weather months and farmers everywhere will wonder where their winter rest went!

Lauryn on Polyface Farm

Our daughter, Lauryn is a girly-girl. She loves dresses and skirts. Wears them constantly. She loves pink and dolls and all things GIRL. Perhaps you have one of your own?

It’s a challenge to find “store-bought” skirts for her, so about this time of year, I find myself making them for her. Thanks to pinterest and some wonderful how-to blogs, this year I was able to put together quite a few with simple blog instructions. No patterns required.

(P.S. My Pinterest board will all things girly can be found here.)

Here’s one of my favorites

Skirt for LaurynYou can find the free tutorial for this pattern here.

Here are some links to other free skirt patterns that I have either made in the past or am planning to make:

Okay, so those are all I have to share for now. Perhaps you have one to share too?

While at the sewing machine, I decided to try my hand at an Easter dress. I don’t think that I’ve ever made her a new dress for Easter, so we’re excited about this one.

Vintage Jane by Pink FigI was first inspired when I saw this pattern. It is called Vintage Jane by Pink Fig. I got it on sale for only $2. Happy jig! 🙂

I’ll admit, the number of fabrics used in the sample were a bit too much for me.

Lauryn and I decided to go simple.

We went to our local fabric shop and picked out Little Red Riding Hood prints by Tasha Noel with Riley Blake.

 

 

 

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This is our version.

photo 5And we just had to add a little trim at the waist for that extra sweetness.

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Here’s Lauryn in her new dress.

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I must admit that I’ve already started looking at this pattern and have altered it just a bit (taking out the waist) to make some every day dresses from it. This blog post gave me the idea.

I would post a picture of that one, but it’s in the wash. Poor planning on my part! 🙂

Okay, Moms, Share! What things do you make for your kids? Are you handy with a sewing machine?

 

 

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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10 Responses to Sewing for Spring

  1. Rhonda Smal says:

    Great job!! Oh what memories you are making. My daughter and I use to spend hours in the fabric store, picking out patterns and fabric for her school clothes. Also made shirts for the both sons, and a suit once. Even though they are all grown now, from time to time they will ask me to make something. Enjoy this time,for it will past too quickly.

  2. Leah says:

    She is so cute and you did a fantastic job on that dress! I know my sewing skills are not sufficient for that challenge.

  3. What a cutie! Great job on the dress.

    My poor machine is broken at the moment and keeps getting left behind when we go to town. I have projects piling up but now that the snow is finally gone, farming is in full swing and there is no time for sewing at the moment. I will have to wait for a rainy day. I make lots of skirts and such but I don’t often have the patience for things with sleeves.

  4. Andrea says:

    Such a gorgeous dress. I wish my daughter was still that young, but with her being a teenager I’m stuck with making aprons and curtains.

  5. Kay says:

    I made a dark pink ruffly dress for Emma that she wears with her blue capris to pull off a ‘Frozen’ inspired look. It was the prototype for her Easter dress that had to be just as ruffly. (ps thanks for the shop shout out)

  6. Kristin says:

    Awww! Those dresses are so cute! Go girly girls! (Just dont forget to add the cowboy boots.)

  7. Jessica T says:

    The skirt and dress are SO cute and I love the fabrics! I just love handmade clothes!

    I am getting better with the sewing machine. I recently made my daughter a tiered skirt. I had never made that style before and while the skirt turned out cute, I need more practice so the tiers don’t look so “pleated”. I can’t recommend the pattern I used, but it was free online. A peasant skirt that said it took only 2 hours (the instructions weren’t that great, and it took me days to finish it.) When my daughter was four, I made her several skirts from a free OliverS pattern. It’s super simple and those skirts lasted her 5 years before she grew out of them! (She’s a small one.) Here’s the link: http://oliverands.com/blog/2008/08/lazy-days-skirt-free-pattern.html . I plan to use the fabric from those skirts to make her new things.

    Thanks for sharing those links, I will check them out.

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