Some of their drawings are so quirky, or lovely or different, that I really want to keep them permanently on display. However we have only so much wall space. (Angry Chicken has just done a useful posted about storing kids art.) Here is a slightly novel way of using some of their art.
|Ruby's flower garden
For Christmas I decided to sew each of the girls a dress, embroidered with a drawing they had done. (Lily was a little young so I embroidered hers with a picture of my own choosing.)
For Ruby I made a linen dressed based on the smocked sundress from 'Weekend Sewing'.
I had never used shirring elastic before and it really was as easy as Heather promises in the book.
|Ruby's smocked sundress with embroidery
|Ruby's original flower garden drawing
Nina drew this snail family one day when we were at the museum, and I thought these little guys (as Nina would say) would look good crawling along the border of her dress.
|Nina's snail family
|Nina's snail family dress
|Christmas Eve dresses
Grace had only fairly recently started figurative drawing at the time I did this. Her little fellow seemed just perfect to be popping out of a pocket.
|Grace's original drawing
I made the dress pattern up using a bit of leftover shirred fabric from Ruby's dress for the back. It's a bit of a tight fit to get into but looks gorgeous and old fashioned on.
And just for the sake of completeness, here is Lily's dress. It couldn't be easier- two rectangles of fabric, a casing at the top to thread ribbon through, bias binding at the bottom. (ahem, my ironing leaves something to be desired...)
|Lily's Christmas dress