Independence Day!

I know I’m a little late in posting this, but since we did just get home from vacation, I hope you’ll forgive me.

Here are my babies, dressed up for church on the Fourth. I found all of the “fireworks” fabric — actually, two versions of Robert Kaufman’s “Origami,” at a garage sale along with several yards of other fabrics for $3 a week before the Fourth. I don’t know what it’s like everywhere else, but around here a lot of garage sales have fabric, and I LOVE it.

I believe I’ve previously posted that the boys’ shirts were made from Simplicity 5581, which I DON’T recommend (try Simplicity 3856 instead if you are sewing for a small child) because of problems with both the collar patterns and instructions. I feel like I’ve made enough little button-down shirts at this point to know when a pattern is just flat-out printed wrong and when instructions are far more confusing than they need to be. Anyway, moving on . . .

The girls’ skirts are just your basic skirts with elastic casings and some rickrack on the bottom to liven them up. I did make them reversible — my oldest’s has a floral JoAnn print on the other side and my youngest’s has a retro dot pattern from Michael Miller — so that they could wear them year-round rather than only on the Fourth.

So, that’s that. The fourth of July has come and gone (is it just me, or is this Summer going by FAST?) and I hope you had a good one!

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2 Responses to “Independence Day!”


  1. 1 Andrea July 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Really adorable. I’ve never seen any good fabric at a garage sale, though I’ve only been to a few recently.

    And don’t you hate it when patterns don’t seem to be edited well? Drives me nuts. Just glad I know what I’m doing and can figure them out sometimes.

  2. 2 Amber @ Paint Chips and Frying Pans July 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

    They are all so adorable and I love the fact that you made the girls skirts reversible. I love Holiday attire but it is a pain to go through all that work to be worn for one day. Great idea!!

    ~Amber


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