Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From Our Readers: Sweet Summer Pieces for Girls

Today we have a showcase of work from our readers to share with you, all of which are great examples of summer sewing for your little girls. We hope they will give you some inspiration to beat the heat by staying inside with your sewing machine!

Our first submission above is from Kelly Stockstill, who made up our popular "Toddler Two-Piece" bathing suit for both of her girls in pink seersucker. Don't forget that this is a free pattern in sizes 6-month through 4T in our May/June issue of Sew Beautiful, #130!

The next piece is from Sonia Showalter, who made this cute dress for her granddaughter in "Flower Fairies" fabric from Michael Miller, which coordinates perfectly with the flower clusters on the bodice. Flower clusters were made using freestanding lace flowers from her "Violet Pin" and "Flower Bouquet" designs.

The precious pink bubble above was sent in by Pat Hutchison, who made it for her great-niece Anniston. Made in pink silk dupioni and trimmed with lace, Pat used Kari Mecca's machine embroidery designs from our new Fairytale Finery CD.

Jane De Bruin sent us the photo above, which was inspired by our "Dandelion Delight" free pattern dress from the Easter 1998 issue of SB While the original was published as a formal heirloom style, Jane adapted the pattern for more casual, sleeveless dress by modifying the armhole slightly at the upper edge, so that the yoke becomes the top of the armhole. Made with broadcloth and fully lined, the dress features piping into the yoke and armhole seams, and the bumble bee embroidery on the yoke was taken from the fabric design.

Last but not least, Amie Mleko sent in photos of her gorgeous daughter's 3rd birthday dress. Amie made the dress her own by adding her own touch to the pattern from Kari Mecca's Sewing with Whimsy book.

That's all for today, but we hope you enjoyed seeing these fun pieces made by our readers! Don't forget to send in submissions of your work to us at blog@sewbeautifulmag.com. We love to see and share what you are creating!


  1. These are all gorgeous. What a wonderful way to share beautiful work.

  2. Every single thing is just stunning!!! Great work, girls!!

  3. So beautiful! Love that you are sharing so many great recreations by the readers of Sew Beautiful!

  4. I love the swimsuit, and will be sending pics soon of that and a beach dress I made from a SB pattern.

  5. These are all beautiful! I am partial to Sonia's work because I have sewn it! Congrats to you all.

  6. I really love that little pink bubble and the daisy dress. I love sewing for little ones.