Now I must admit that I'm a "sew as you go" person. I don't use patterns and I don't plan or design much of what I make up front. I start with a piece of fabric (new or upcycled from our closet), decide roughly what I want to make (long dress? short dress? blanket?), cut a rough shape (I always cut big, because I prefer not to bother with zippers or buttons), then start sewing.
Sometimes I have been inspired by a blog and use whatever technique I have read about, like shirring or ruffling. So I do what I have to do ... shir or sew ends together. If I don't shir, I gather the fabric in such a way so that the clothes fit nicely.
Last but not least, I like to decorate the clothes a bit. Add a few beads, sequins ... a bit of stitching, whatever comes to mind at the time.
So here is what I have come up with:
(Oh and pardon all the messy hair. A certain someone loves to twirl and rub their hair for comfort.)
Barbie's smocked dress.
Material: new cotton, flower, beads.
Inspired by this shirring tutorial.
Barbie's couture skirt (the shirt was bought).
Material: new polyester, sequins, beads.
Moxie's button dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt, beads, sequins.
Inspired by all the ruffles in Tea Rose Home.
Strawberry Shortcake's pink dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt.
Strawberry Shortcake's smocked halter dress
Material: new polyester
Blanket and pillow.
(... because Barbie only has 1 bed, but so many friends who sleep over!)
Material: felted wool sweater & cotton
Oh and I made a pair of tights from Jasmine's old tights. They turned out surprisingly well fitting. But I haven't made anything else to wear with it ... so I'll save it for later.
I enjoyed making these things and Jasmine loved them. She wants more, more, more. Well ... maybe for Christmas?