Work this week was actually really good. I was quickly reminded of some of the things I really like about my job, and I seemed to cope okay after a whole year off. Nowhere near as hard as when I returned after my first maternity leave, which was a much shorter period. And the kids are doing great, probably because they are at home with Dad, who is keeping them busy with lots of adventures.
I have done virtually nothing outside of work (lovely husband has really taken care of all the household stress) and have been quite exhausted this weekend, but I have finally got some pictures of little girl clothes I made a while ago.
This dress is actually the Oliver + S swingset tunic lengthened. The fabric was scraps from Mum, previously used for a dress in the 70s. It's an Australian crepe cotton (kind of like wool crepe suiting in texture) which I had never seen anything like. Just gorgeous. It frayed terribly though!
In action, front:
Again, very happy with the pattern and sure to use it again. I made the 6-12 month size, which was perfect for Strawberry- true to the measurements given. I did french seams, which I would not repeat with this style as it ends up a bit bulky under the arms where the facing is. This dress is really not my best sewing- done in a hurry late at night, but still the design holds up well.
Finally, yet another set of puppet show shorts. In lightweight denim from Spotlight. I had been putting off trying flat felled seams, then a lack of the right colour overlocker thread forced me! I just copied the seams on some old baby bloomers and they turned out great. The trickiest part was staggering the seam allowance down the centre (3/8" on one side and 5/8" on the other, then vice versa when topstitching), so the seam ends up perfectly in the middle. Not tricky now I know what to do, and probably less time consuming than getting out my overlocker (let alone getting new thread). And the inside of the shorts is completely smooth- great for a baby.
My favourite little chubby legs!
Now I'm off for my last little bit of kiddy time before the working week starts again...