Every year we have a family reunion around the 4th of July. And I usually like to dress the girls in matching outfits. Last year I made them adorable “twirly” dresses. They were a quick sew from adorable knit. This year I wasn’t on my game. I had no plans to sew them outfits. I suppose they could have just worn their matching watermelon dress from H&M, but I got a crazy idea the day before we left town. I needed to make them matching outfits!
Tie Dye Diva released the Open Back Top and Potato Chip shorts earlier in the week and I’d been on the fence about getting them because I usually prefer to sew with knits. But I just thought they were so cute! But I didn’t have any fabric so……
I went to Joann hoping to find the elusive berry fabric, but alas my store never has it in stock. But I did find this adorable floral and some tiny red and white polka dot fabric. I picked up the required yardage, ran home and threw it in the wash. Then purchased and printed the patterns. While the fabric was drying I assembled and traced the sizes I needed and did a bit of packing.
I got the fabric cut before dinner and started sewing after the girls went to bed. And 48 minutes after my usual bedtime I had two Open Back Tops and two Potato Chip Shorts. And hadn’t packed my own bag for the week long trip.
The tops sewed up very quick, especially since I used a snap press instead of a button closure for the back. The shorts took a tad bit longer with having to finish the raw edges, create faux pockets and real pockets and finish the waistband. The waistband gave me a little trouble, but I think it’s because it’s the second to last step and I was nearing the end of my sewing marathon!
These were the first patterns I’ve ever sewn up from Tie Dye Diva so I was a little nervous about sizing, but once I put them on the girls on reunion day I was smitten! They turned out better than I’d hoped and the girls looked adorable. And they were comfortable, too. They played, ran, ate, and had a ton of fun at the reunion. (and Pumpkin didn’t even complain that it wasn’t a skirt or dress!)