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Dottie’s Kraft Korner—Attack of the Killer UFOs: Week One

Week One in my mission to knock out some projects that have been on my UFO To Do list and I’m quite chuffed at my success.  This week I attack:

9.) Make the Peach a few light-weight summer shirts—DONE.

When the mercury starts to climb our Peach turns into one sticky little lady. She needs tops made of lightweight cotton that cover her shoulders and allow for air circulation to go along with her capri pants that suit her slide-loving lifestyle. Just a couple of light fanciful tops as a nice alternative to t-shirts.

I found the perfect little pattern, Sophia at Burda.  Looked super simple right? Well, yes, I suppose it was, but I’m process seamstress who enjoys the whirring of the sewing machine and try to find little ways to make the piece extra pretty.  I also like to finish my seams with my beloved serger because the Peach can be tough on clothes.  This pattern was nice and easy and sweetly girlish without being an explosion of lace and ruffles. And a couple of nice techniques added–like simple gathering on the sides.

This was my first time using Burda and the instructions were pretty basic which isn’t an issue and I like the instant printable access of buying patterns online. Pretty much followed it to a t except I used a hook and eye in the back and also had to widen the collar quite a bit for my clearly big headed baby.

So I knocked out two pretty quickly and they were perfect for the warmer weather we are having. And really dress up the super simple Target capris that are turning into her summer staples. Along with her saltwater sandals. Why yes, I did base all of the fabric choices (pulled from my stash) on what would go with her shoes…

Stay tuned for next week’s UFO update.  Squee! Very excited!

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  1. Amber Liddle says

    Oooh, those are cute!! I have been meaning to make some tank tops for Ingrid, as she has a bunch of ratty tshirts and no cute girly things. Love those saltwater sandals!! Do they stay on her feet? We just had issues with open toed sandals, Ingrid’s toes went all the way out and she couldn’t keep them on…

    • Dottie says

      The Peach has problem feet–high arch, wide and smaller than the average. And she has yet to fit into a shoe under $20. Sigh.

      These saltwater sandals do stay on her feet but we went for the ones with buckles over the toe so they could be made wider for her little wide foot, so that may work for Miss Ingrid as you could make them tighter and keep Miss Amber’s widdle toesies in place!

      And they seem to stay on her feet better than her crocs which she hops out of every now and then.

  2. Alix says

    She looks adorable! Those tops are great, Dottie. I can’t believe you actually sat down an sewed up some cuteness just like that! BRAVO!!!! You rock sistah!

    I love these Saltwater sandals I am seeing everywhere….here yellow ones are TOO CUTE!

  3. Melissa@Julia's Bookbag says

    Oh I’m flipping over how cute that top is!!!! Darling!! And I don’t sew a lick so I will never be able to replicate this boo hoo hoo…..

  4. Jody says

    Super cute! Yay for sewing summer adorableness–and those prints are fantastic!

  5. Connie @ Daydream In Color says

    Those are such cute tops!

  6. Fuzzymama says

    LOVE these shirts!! How long have you been sewing? I have made pants for my boys, but need to tackle a shirt–will look at burda for boy things…..thanks for sharing!!

    • Dottie says

      I’ve been sewing for a long time but still consider myself to be something of a remedial seamstress. I don’t really do fancy things and rarely ever sew for myself. But making stuff for the kiddo is great practice because the pieces never take that long!

      You might also want to try Simplicity patterns because that brand’s instructions are very thorough and leave nothing to the imagination. Very good for the neophyte seamstress.

  7. lishyloo says

    i want 400 of em.

  8. kara rane says

    perfect butterfly cap sleeves for keeping the sun off of new shoulders. so cute*



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