Yesterday I got the make stuff bug. The little voice in my head was a little high on something for some reason and kept telling me I need to make stuff. I took my little girl and we got fabric pens, marbles, cute tape measures, dye, 4 white t shirts, a scarf and some orange ribbing.
Do you see where this is going?
First we played with the marbles. My husband and daughter played a lot of marbles, apparently she is a cheat and stole his marbles.
We also had an argument about who gets which tape measure. I was eventually given the pink bear. The reason I got a 4 year old a tape measure is because she plays with mine and I don’t like measuring things with chewed tape measures. And they were SOOOOO cute.
I pulled a t shirt on a clip board and used this beautiful illustration which is originally an embroidery design. Of course the little one decided to “help me” and since I had 4 t shirts I gave it to her and she started ok then started scribbling. It is still cute though. It is a reminder of letting down your hair and doing stuff just because.
When she was done, I pulled another t shirt out and drew the illustration myself. It turned out really cute but next time I think I am going to get something that has more texture to it for drawing things like this. Ironically there was a summer when I was a child when my mom made us lots of t shirts this way. It is nice but it looks just the way it is, like someone took some markers and drew on a t shirt, so I am thinking slightly puffier paint might look better.
The other two t shirts got tie dyed. That’s why we got marbles. I did one in stripes and on with the marbles. I think they turned out awesome. Dyeing stuff is something you have got to try at least once in your life.
And then there was a skirt. I used KitschyKoo‘s tennis skirt pattern. It is really easy. Let me say it again, REALLY EASY. My only problem was my fabric. It is a directional fabric that was originally a scarf. Earlier that morning I found a really funky cotton knit scarf with owls on it and thought hmmmm, that would be a really cute dress or skirt for my daughter. When I got home I realized it wasn’t wide enough, but not to be discouraged I cut 4 of the skirt pieces without folding instead of just two pieces. But because I am super smart I cut them all the same way, I should have cut two on the right side and two with the pattern flipped so the owls would all be in the same direction.
Luckily it is not that obvious and I am totally loving it and so is she. The pattern includes an optional back for little girls that are more rounded in the belly and behind. I didn’t use it and now I am thinking I should have because the skirt looks slightly shorter in the back than in the front, again nothing too obvious but next time I am definitely using the back piece.
And just in time for skirt week.
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