Father/Son Route 66 Shirts! New Look 6997 and Simplicity 9762

Who could pass up these car buttons with separate axles  and turning wheels for a little boy turning 4?   My son and grandson are both car enthusiasts so when I saw this Route 66 fabric printed with vintage 50′s cars, I decided they had to have shirts.  Unfortunately, I didn’t buy enough fabric for both shirts so I had to improvise!  I like the way the contrasting blue on my grandson’s shirt highlights the red cars, though.imageimageimage

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Star Spangled Pin-Up Girl to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem

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Happy Star Spangled 4th! McCalls 6956 with New Look 6531

imageA quick dress to celebrate the 4th of July. I liked the contrasting fabric and bias design of New Look 6531 but wanted a more structured bodice. So I used the bra top on McCalls 6956. Ready for the parade!

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Dotty Jumpsuit – Vogue 1249

I also decided to use an exposed lacy zipper.

I also decided to use an exposed lacy zipper.



Dotty Jumpsuit - Vogue 1249

I have been admiring this jumpsuit pattern with the ruffle at the bust but I didn’t like the design of the pants which seem quite full at the waist and hip. Who wants a bunch of extra fabric at the waist? So I drafted a slimmer version of the pants and made the jumpsuit out of some stretch jersey fabric. I also added straps. The pattern seemed relatively simple but the construction of the bodice which includes boning takes a lot of time.

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Zig Zag Blue Dress – McCalls 6956


I can’t resist trying a new pattern. I had something else in mind when I bought this fabric but there was enough to try this new design. The loosely knit chevron fabric has some gold threads and some satin threads as well as a subtle slub to it. It is underlined with a blue twill with a slight stretch. The combination of these two fabric was difficult to work with but the resulting dress has different looks depending on the lighting.

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Gone to the Dogs – New Look 6197

imageGone to the Dogs  - New Look 6197

My daughter asked me to make this shirt for a dog show afficionado!

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Hippie Chic! Simplicity 7083

imageHippie Chic!  Simplicity 7083

Used some scrap fabric to turn out some 60′s style outfits for my Granddaughter’s American Girl doll! Had fun reliving my youth!

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