And just to be fair, if I make something for one child, I have to make something for the other. So, mostly because I still had the pattern out, I went to my stash and pulled fabric for Simplicity 4203. My SIL had commented how cute it was, anyway, and I'd picked up a new with tags outfit for $1.50 last year at a yard sale in a similar style that Gracie actually wore out last summer, so I knew it'd be popular!
Once these were done, I knew I had to get the playsuits done if the girls were going to have them to wear at the beach.
New Look 6768 for Nikki's overalls, and cut them off to shorts. But the bottom was so huge that I gathered them in to bloomers. The dresses in this one aren't quite what they looked like finished, because I found ribbon that matched the whipstitch piping, so I tied bows and sewed them in the collar gap to make it look more purposeful instead of an accident. It was also around this time that I found the Sweet Cheeks Peasant top, which I found impossible to resist! But if I made that, then I needed something for them to wear on bottom. So I went to what is fast becoming my favorite PDF pattern source and bought the Pier 49 pants. I found a great twill on ebay at a fantastic price (A little over $2/yard) so I bought some of that and started on the Sandy pattern.
So I quickly replaced the straps (and I'm still not quite happy with it. When they get home, I'm stealing Gracie's overalls back and replacing the shorts with a two-inch higher rise) and started speeding though two pairs of Pier 49 pants and two Sweet Cheeks Peasant blouses.
I sent the last outfits home that day, happy that I'd finished right on time... only I hadn't! The sleeves on the blouse are raglan sleeves, and like all raglan sleeves, have to be reinforced at the join to keep from ripping out.(This is something they don't say in all the books, but I learned it at my mother's knee) Of course, I didn't realize I'd forgotten it until after ten that night! So after a dash to my brother's house and caging the blouses and 20 minutes of reinforcing later, we dropped them off. And I was done. For now.
Why I say for now is that I know Gracie and Nikki could use some pretty summer dresses for church. So as soon as I recover from three weeks of mad sewing,.... here we go again!