I sent pictures to our nephew's wife, Leslie, in Tennessee...would she like to have these items for her girls - Kelsey and Ellie Grace - or should I list them for sale on Etsy? She responded right away that she wanted them. A few days later, a big box of gently-worn clothing arrived from her to share with our niece Zola. I'm talking a BIG box of wonderful things that came on the heels of another box that had been shared a few weeks earlier.
Around the same time, Leslie "liked" a Halloween outfit on Facebook that was being given away by a children's clothing company. I looked at the outfit and thought, "I could make that!" The next time I shopped at Wal-Mart, there was a table of fabric on clearance, including a bright orange print and a multi-colored stripe that I thought would coordinate. The applique patterns were downloaded online, and an outfit was in the making. Kelsey, almost five, will get long flounced pants and a top with witch's shoes appliqued on it...Ellie Grace, who is four months, will get coordinating pants with a cut little hat appliqued on the bum! And I still have more fabric...and more little ones to dress!
I had this piece of yellow fabric that I had ordered last summer, and it seemed to say, "Make pants for Kelsey!" So I did...along with a little coordinating pair for her little sister.
I cannot begin to describe how many scraps I have. Some are large...some, pretty tiny...but I hate to throw any of them away. You never know when you might need a tiny snippet of pink fabric to become the ear of an elephant applique! So I went through my scrap baskets the other day and cut coordinating pieces into long strips, which I then sewed together. I serged the edges, then ruffled one edge to create a super-long strip of ruffled fabric. Then I took an old t-shirt and made a little knit skirt for Kelsey. I made lines 2" apart and stitched the ruffling to these lines, creating layers of ruffles. Then I added a little waistband out of more of the knit t-shirt...and voila! I think this is a darling skirt that will go with all kinds of tops...don't you?! Kelsey was just too tired to model this one! ;-)
Leslie is definitely a Tennessee fan all the way...with a slight tinge of Vanderbilt loyalty. But John, our nephew, is a full-tilt Razorback fan. So I had a little piece of Razorback print, and I couldn't resist making a new dress for Kelsey - and some pants for Ellie Grace.
I didn't forget about Zola! I dashed into the local thrift shop on Friday, and there was a darling printed long-sleeved tee that just begged to become leggings and a matching top. I noticed after I got the pants finished that there was a tiny hole in the backside, so I just used a bright flower from the scraps to make an applique patch! Even cuter than it would have been without, if I do say so myself! I even had enough scraps to make a little cap, also! Zola was thrilled. I'm hoping for a picture of her in the new outfit soon!