Sewing for my daughters brings me so much joy. They have their own distinct styles and still love having unique mummy-made clothes and accessories. This week the Big Small (now aged nine-and-a-half) has gone away with school for a few days and – given they’re in the Yorkshire Dales – needed plenty of warm outdoor clothing to take with her.
I rummaged through my (substantial) stash of fabric and decided to upcyle a sweater dress that I’d worn once and found unflattering and use the remainder of the bright scuba knit from my leggings. Using McCall’s M6156 (which is now out of print; Simplicity 8027 includes a similar pattern) the leggings were quick to cut out and sew.
Issue 37 of Love Sewing magazine included an unusual sweatshirt pattern by Madeit Patterns and it turned out to be a perfect way to use up the odds and ends of fabric that were left over from the leggings and the unsuccessful dress. Piecing it all together became easier with each piece and for the first time I used cotton ribbing for the neck, cuff and waistband, from B&M Fabrics in Leeds, which worked really well.
We were both delighted with the result and as soon as the Big Small tried the sweatshirt on, it stayed on all day! She was very happy to wear her new outfit this morning as she set out on her adventures.
It’s been a good lesson in using up unloved projects and oddments with surprisingly good results. I hope this encourages you to try something different too!