We often hear the mantra, “Live for today.” Most of us need to slow down, curb our expectations and anxieties, and embrace the present. And for the most part, I try to approach life that way. But we can’t always live completely in the present. Sometimes we have to plan ahead, we have to think of our future generations and give them the tools they need to make this world a better place.
It’s not always easy to be a mom (single or otherwise) and live constantly in the present. Duties call. Spilled milk may not be something to cry over, but someone still has to clean it up. I was having one of those spilled milk days – dog chaos, bills to pay, groceries to put away – when Maggie came to me with this drawing and said, “I want you to make this dress for me.” It’s a miracle I even heard her.
As you can see, the dress was made, Maggie was ecstatic, and somehow, in the midst of chaos, I was able to inspire her to believe she can make anything. The best Mother’s Day gift of all is just to have that moment when you think, “I do make a difference.”
Happy Mother/Daughter Day (coming soon) to Maggie and me… and to you and yours.
This dress is an adaptation of our T-Shirt pattern, but there are many available options at Oliver + S and Vogue Children’s. We also found these two sweet dress patterns that are very similar to Maggie’s dress: Butterick B5876 and Simplicity 2194.
T-shirt Top pattern, adapted from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design or Alabama Studio Style
1 yard of 60” wide 100% organic medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Button Craft thread
Basic sewing supplies: fabric scissors, pins, tailor’s chalk, ruler, rotary cutter, Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, or Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: all three of these books contain basic sewing techniques.
Fabric scraps for cutting hearts, peace sign, or any shape you desire.
OUR DESIGN CHOICES
Fabric weight – Alabama Chanin 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color – White
Heart appliques – Light Pink
Peace Sign – Blueberry
Button Craft thread for construction – Coats & Clark colors #1 White
Embroidery stitches- Cretan for the binding, whip stitch for the appliqués - instructions available in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Seams – Inside Felled
Once you’ve selected a dress pattern or improvised your own, you can follow directions for the T-Shirt Top on page 31 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for construction details. For the appliqués, draw or trace your hearts and peace sign, or any shapes your children draw for you, onto the backside of your fabric scraps. Then, using fabric scissors, cut out the shapes. Sew them to the front piece of the garment using a parallel whip stitch found in all three studio books.