I've had a bit of the crafting bug lately, and have been having fun making lots of bows for my daughters. I gave some to a friend for her daughter's birthday yesterday, and someone liked them so much that they ordered a custom one from me!
It's a great sense of accomplishment for me, because I taught myself how to make the bows, and this shows that someone likes my stuff. I feel really good about it! I'm almost done with her bow, I just have to glue it together, and then I will post pictures sometime this weekend.
While I was out yesterday picking up ribbon to make the bow, I happened upon some really nice fabric. Now, I've had the sewing bug for awhile, but have never owned a sewing machine. I figured, if I want to make it so much, why not just sew it by hand. Am I crazy? haha.
Luckily for me, the fabric was practically ready for a dress, it just needed a seam. It was even hemmed already! I measured my daughter's chest and purchased the right size of fabric. I also got some matching thread, and coordinating grosgrain ribbon to make straps for it. It took me a few hours last night, because I had to do tiny tiny stiches, and I did double stiches up and down the whole length. I'm very very happy with the results. I am going to get some more fabric on Tuesday, hopefully they will still have some, and make tops for my older daughters.
All I did was turn the fabric inside out, and line up the corners, and stitch away. I did use some pins to hold in place as I was stitching to ensure an even line, but other than that, I did it all by hand.
Here is the finished product. I LOVE it!! What do you think?
The good thing is, once the dress is too short, I can use it as a top for her.
I've already hinted to my mom that I want a sewing machine for my birthday. I hope my mom pulls through this time.
Update May 28th: I was able to purchase fabric for my older daughters, black with a red cherry print. It is long enough for a dress for them, so I will be working on those dresses this weekend. The only setback to this fabric, is that it wasn't hemmed. That isn't too big of a deal, because I bought no-sew fabric glue to hold the hem as I am stitching it. It will just take more time. I'll post pictures of those as soon as I am done.