While the back room was still a disastrous mess, I decided to keep on sewin'. Shirring is something that I'd been keen to try for ages and had the shirring elastic sitting in a draw. I used this post as a guide.
Can I just say shirring is AWESOME!? So quick and easy and very very forgiving of little sewing foibles. The bandana dress was the first go and is probably about a size 4/5 as it fits Caleb (hee hee, don't tell Daddy), so that will go in the cupboard for a few years for Jemima, or become a gift down the track. The completely lazy appeal of the bandana dress is obvious- no hems, no finishing seams. Lurvely.
While I was on a roll I made a dress for Jemima to wear in the present. It is a close call, but it fits right this second. It's perfect for a hot hot hot day like today. But not outside for long as that moon tanner skin will be burnt in about a minute and a half.
I used the ribbon hem instructions for the lazy days skirt tutorial from the Oliver + S blog, which is a hem I highly recommend. The little halter neck straps can also be tie at the button to make it s strapless dress which looks so cute, but there are no guarantees her modesty will be protected.
All round, a good sewing day. (Oh and I made the masks for the party tonight too, but they are hardly blogable, so lets just pretend they are rad.)