The tutorial is now available HERE
I am on a quest (seriously, just like Sir Galahad ... except with a sewing machine) to make practical clothing that transitions well from one season to the next. So I made a bathing suit with an optional snowsuit attachment. After all, it is Michigan and you never know what the weather will be tomorrow. Just kidding :) Although, we do have an excessive heat warning today with the heat index over 100, and by Sunday it's supposed to drop into the upper 50s, so the next week will bring both bathing suits and (lightweight) coats. Gotta love Michigan! I'm even going to be so nice as to include a little graph here highlighting Michigan's lovely seasons. I can't take credit for this (pinned from some board on Pinterest), but it is so incredibly true!
Mae has plenty of summer clothes (so do the other kids) and the cold season around here is sooooooo much longer than the warm one (see graph above), so I am getting started on my fall/winter sewing. Although I'm hoping that the first few pieces I make will work well for the last half of summer as well.
It never fails, every single year, in about January or so, I get really tired of washing the same clothes day in and day out, so I start cranking out new clothes (mostly summer) and then I stare at this pile of clothes for about four months until it's actually warm enough to wear some of it. This year I'm going to try to make more neutral pieces that I can mix and match, hopefully creating less boredom through the winter months. At least clothes boredom ... there's really nothing I can do about the stuck in the house while it's -10 and whiteout blizzard conditions outside kind of boring ... and at that point, clothes are really all I have left :)
Anyway ... back to sewing ... I'm sharing a pattern for the first thing I made for Mae for fall. Actually, it's one pattern piece and a whole bunch of rectangles :) Here's a picture:
It is approximately a size 2T and can easily be adapted to fit a little on either side of that size. I'm going to write an additional post for the tutorial since it is rather long. I'll be posting it later tonight. For now, here's the one non-rectangular pattern piece :) and a picture with a cutting guide for the additional pieces (click on the image to enlarge)
If you are interested in a similar (and FREE) pattern in multiple sizes, I encourage you to head over to Mouse House Creations and see the cuteness Hayley has to offer :) And once you're there, stay and take a look around at some of her other great projects. Just be sure to come back once you're done ;)