Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans! I normally am not one that wears anything special on days like today, or Christmas, or any other special day for that matter. Since having a little kiddo I have changed my ways! She is just too stinking cute to not dress up for the spirit of the day. That and the older I am getting, the more and more I am respecting the history of our country. AND my husband loves history, he’s rubbing off on me :).
I feel like I have it so good here. The past hard work our ancestors put into making this country great. The freedom to worship as we please. The men who gave/give their lives for our safety and protection. We are so blessed here.
It is easy for me to get down on all the stuff happening. All the stressful scary things going on. The negativity and arguments between people. Yes, it all brings me down. But if I choose to worry myself with all the happenings around me, I forget about all the beauty. I miss the amazing moments happening in front of my face because I am to busy worrying about what MAY happen.
Today, this July 4th, I choose joy. I choose to be thankful for this country and I choose to respect in it the ways I can.
I had good intentions of making our entire family patriotic colored outfits. Ya, it didn’t happen. Instead I was able to take a break from sewing up the Button Up Pencil skirt, and sew Kina a Desert Breeze shirt! I am not a huge red person so I didn’t really have too much red fabrics on hand. I didn’t really love the blue fabrics I had for this holiday either. After starting at my overly full shelves of fabric and wondering why I didn’t have anything at all for this particular project (doesn’t it always happen that way??) I remembered I had a maxi skirt sitting in my donate/sell pile. It was one of the first items of clothing I made for myself, back when I was like in love with chevron. Because I am so over chevron now, I decided it was time to get rid of it. Maybe not! I ended up deciding to cut it up and repurpose it into a patriotic garment for K! It was the perfect color for the holiday and chevron on a kiddo is still ok with me.
The next decision, to make a dress or to make a shirt? I remember I had made some red blingy leggings back at Christmas time for K so I got them out in hopes they still fit. It was my lucky day!! Shirt it is. Next what pattern to use? My little peanut it nearing 2 but yet she can still wear 12 month sized clothes. Her measurements are still too little for the majority of patterns I have for her. Womp Womp. I have gotten really tired of waiting to make her clothes with my hoarded patterns, so I decided to make the Desert Breeze pattern work. Her chest measurement was 1.5″ smaller than the pattern called for. To fix this I took off 1/2″ on the sides and neckline of both the back and front pattern pieces. It turned out to be the perfect size for her!
The Desert Breeze by Striped Swallow Designs comes in three views. A top, a dress, and a dress with a gathered skirt. It comes with two sleeve versions, flutter and straight. It also comes with two strap options, plain, or tied. I chose to make the top version with flutter sleeves and plain straps. I am over the moon with how it turned out. There is something too cute about tiny girl clothing.
As always the directions and pictures were clear and easy to follow. The construction of the shirt was super easy too. And the results are amazing! I will be making lots more Desert Breezes for summer!
I am really loving the cold shoulder look that is trending right now. It is classy, yet breezy and cool for summer! I may have to dig through more of my “to get rid of” pile and repurpose more into these super cute shirts! This was the first time I repurposed an old garment of mine into a new garment. I always had trouble cutting into a perfectly good garment, especially if I took the time to sew it. But after this one I have found it to be very rewarding!
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Size Sewn: 2T
Measurements: Chest: 19″ Waist: 19″ Hips: 19.5″
Modifications: Took in 1/2″ on side seams and neckline of pattern before cutting fabric out. Sewed the straps at a 5/8″ seam allowance instead of a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Fabric: Riley Blake navy chevron
Cost: Free-Used repurposed fabric.
It is super hard to photograph this kiddo anymore. She is constantly on the move so most all of the pictures I end up with are blurry. Anymore I prefer taking pictures in my sewing studio but she can’t be contained there! We went outside and I asked my husband to help me. He tried to make her laugh and chased her. I spent my time running after her trying to capture a smile that wasn’t blurry. It was grey and rainy and she was crazy so forgive me that the pictures are not perfect. At this stage of life I am leaning more on progress over perfection. Taking what I can get instead of spending all my time striving for perfection on my blog. Maybe in the future I can put more time into getting perfect pictures, until then I am enjoying these tiny years because babies grow way too fast!
I spy with my little eye a daddy fish lurking in the back ;).