Two Halters, No Waiting

It’s nice to take a break from sewing wee tiny clothes every now and again, although I have to admid that I need a better model. Excuse the child’s dressform and instead enjoy the lovely Sun Surf Halters (an Amy Butler pattern) made recently.

Now, I would have modeled the Heather Bailey one I made for myself except … it looks awful on me. Seriously. It’s so unflattering, in fact, that I could not put it on for even a photo. Part of it’s the size — I think I need a Medium-and-a-half — and part of it’s the cut, which does nothing for my hourglass shape.

It’s not the pattern’s fault, by any means. Just a poor choice of style for my own self. Which is why I went on to make a second for my sister-in-law. I chose a pretty batik fabric, in her favorite color. I think it’s going to look amazing on Jenn and will likely end up making her more, if that’s the case.

Overall, I like the pattern. It’s got a nice range of sizes (children’s and women’s) and it’s easy to put together. I even had my 11-year-old sewing campers make them and they knocked ’em right out. But it’s definitely a look you need to know is flattering for you before you sew it.

Camp Goodies

Can I brag on my campers one more time? They were such awesome girls and I had so much fun with them last week. They also were amazingly prolific during the course of camp. Clothes, bags, quilt blocks. You name it, I threw it at them and they knocked it out. Out of the park, even! LOL!

Friday was our last day and they came in that morning and whipped up their fourth A-line skirt before tackling the big final project: crazy log cabin blocks. Because I only had two girls in the camp, I could let them work on different projects so one girl chose to make a little bag and the other a pillow.

They used 7″x7″ pieces of muslin for the blocks and I had them foundation piece their log cabins. Why? Well, I think it’s easier to keep the shape — especially when using different sizes of strips — if there’s a little something to help guide the block formation.

The girls kept me busy cutting strips. One decided to use only the fabrics she’d sewn with all week for her blocks while the other was willing to dip into my stash for hers. Of course, she also wanted to use her favorite fabric — Paula‘s Par Avion from Flights of Fancy — for the centers of all her blocks, so I spent some extra time fussy cutting them.

I could not be more proud of their finished projects and they were so happy with them, too. And they promised me they were going to wear and use everything they made (in fact that’s why one pair of PJ pants is missing – they were worn the night before at a sleepover!). Also missing from the photos are the gifts they made their moms as a thank-you for enrolling them in summer camp: another wristlet and a tote-style purse with pre-made handles (which I hear were much appreciated).

Pssst! Live in Atlanta? I’ve got a second week of sewing summer camp in August.