Finishing up the Last Remnants of Summer

What has happened?

I was thinking of summer outfits that might be fun to sew out of remnants, and all of a sudden things changed.

Not the temperature; it’s still hot. Not the weather; we’ve still got rain every afternoon and tropical storms are waxing and waning. But it’s something…

August sky

August sky

The sky is a brilliant blue (when it’s not raining, that is). It has a different feeling, more purposeful somehow. As if to say, “live it up, because soon it will be school time again, back to the grind, your Saturdays will be taken up with football, summer is going away…”

A couple of remnant projects went by fast. This set was made with 2-way stretch remnants. The top is a small piece of Frozen fabric. The leggings are solid-color fabric that complements the top. For a three-year old, you just need a fraction of a yard to make a cute little play outfit. This is a worthwhile pattern, as it includes several variations.

Kik Sew leotard pattern

Kwik Sew K4011 pattern

Simplicity 1435

Simplicity 1435: child’s tunic and leggings

The leotard is from a pattern I’ve used before. Thought it might go with a pair of red shorts from a while back…

Jalie yoga shorts

Jalie yoga shorts

We’ve got several pattern makers represented here, so why not look at this Moneta I just finished, by Collette. Although not a remnant, and I didn’t even get a cheap deal on the pattern, it was an easy and worthwhile project.

Moneta

Collette Moneta

I’ve had the fabric stashed for a few years, from fabric.com — a soft, velvety t-shirt knit. The pattern was easy to follow and has a large size range, so you can make an XS version as well as a 3X size, and all sizes in-between. I wanted to get the paper copy in the mail, but they didn’t have any paper ones around, so I had to download it and print it and tape all the pages together, but it worked out. Having read several blog posts from others who sewed the Moneta (it’s very popular!) I followed their leads and lengthened the bodice a couple of inches. If you buy the Moneta pattern from the web site, you can get an additional pattern with collar variations free.

And so the remnants of summer are getting finished up, out of the way, to make room for the new, the busy, the purposeful

What’s in your agenda for the end of August 2015?

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Aug 23, 2015 @ 22:49:56

    I too have felt a change in the air. After a fun summer full of different activities, Cub Scouts starts Tuesday along with U students causing problems on 34th making me consider if I Really want to make a trip down there to JoAnn’s. With local schools starting tomorrow I have to plan my trips before they get out of school – particularly along the northward part of 34th which becomes a road less taken after a summer of freedom. Never have cared for that road – got my first Ever ticket exceeding it’s very pokey speed limit. I’m sure the excessively slow speed is caused by all those pesky public schools along it.

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  2. Na Na
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 07:12:12

    End of August is fair time here. Kids started school three weeks ago. My thoughts have been on finishing up the outside things before the cold sets in again.

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  3. nanacathy2
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 08:39:25

    I love your dress. And the child’s outfit. I always on the look out for something for my granddaughter.

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  4. GirlAstray
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 19:01:28

    What a beautiful blog design!

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