Eva chose the fabrics (this is where having a large stash is very useful) and I whipped it up while she was at school one day. The instructions were very clear it went together perfectly. She loves it, it was used immediately, and think a couple the other girls might want one. If you want to make a backpack I highly recommend this pattern!
Another McCalls 6044, this time in a wonderful lawn fabric by Jen Kingwell, from her line Moving On from Moda. It was a dream to sew and I think it will be really nice to wear.
There is not much to say about this pattern I haven't said before. Sewing a tried and true pattern is so relaxing, there is no stress about what size to cut or what modifications to sew. You can just sit and sew.
There has been big decluttering and cleaning going on here. I bought The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up quite a while ago and have been putting off reading it, but Chris read it last week and now he's motivated to sort the house so now I'm reading it.
I've sorted some of the girl's clothes and realised they really need some more pyjamas. Olive chose some fabric (pink of course) from Spotlight and McCalls 7497.
I cut a size 4 for the top and bottom. I made a couple of changes - I hemmed the sleeves instead of using bias binding and I made my own bias binding. I also applied it differently - I sewed it to the wrong side and then folded it over and sewed down on the front.
I'd bought a bit of extra fabric and Milly wanted a pair of pyjama shorts from it, so I used the same pattern in a 12 and they fit perfectly. I'll definitely be using this pattern again.
I bought Simplicity 2246 when it first came out thinking my Mum would like it and then forgot about it until last month when Mum asked me to make her a shirt dress.
I pulled out the pattern and drafted a two piece collar and then changed the front placket to be one piece on each side that folds over. I planned on making a muslin from this fabric, it's not really something my Mum would have chosen, but as I cut I thought I may as well make it wearable just in case it does fit.
Quilt a bit of luck involved in making these plackets matching up!
The verdict - extremely wearable! In fact she loved the bright colours and has worn it a few times already!