Things have been quiet around here on the crafting front. It isn’t because there hasn’t been any crafting going on, but it’s because we were working very hard on 4-H projects. Now that the fair is over maybe I can get back to some regular sewing and crafting projects. (If you would like to see more about the fair check out this post.)
For now, I want to show you what we worked on in July.
Julia was in her 5th year of 4-H this year and had to make an outfit suitable to wear to school. She chose to make a denim skirt, a T-shirt, and a scarf.
For the skirt we used a very dark denim and Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2451. This was the first time I have known one of the big 3 patterns to run small. It is a good thing we made a practice skirt this spring.
Julia made the scarf out of a silky polyester fabric. We cut it into a square and then she used the rolled hem setting on her great-aunt’s serger to sew around the whole thing. The use of embroidery thread in the serger put a beautiful finish on the scarf.
The T-shirt was made using a VERY stretchy jersey knit fabric and Kwik Sew Pattern K3766 . Julia used the serger to construct the T-shirt, but hemmed the sleeves and bottom hem with a twin needle. This was her first time, and mine for that matter, to use a twin needle.
I think she did a great job. The judge did as well because she got a blue ribbon, a champion ribbon, and was selected to have her outfit go to the state fair.
Julia also was the Jr. Grand Champion at the fashion revue where she had to model her outfit.
To make the skirt I used my ruffled hem skirt tutorial.
I think my girls looked so sweet together. We will have to wait until the state fair is over in a month before they can wear their outfits again. That’s alright, though. We are just excited that all of Julia’s hard work on her sewing project was rewarded.
You may have noticed in the pictures above that Julia had a flower in her hair. I made it using some leftover scarf fabric. I wrote up a tutorial complete with printable templates. If you are interested I would love to have you head over to The Happy Housewife to take a look.
What crafting projects have you been working on lately?
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