One thing I've done, ironically, during all of this "lazy" time is to create the outfit that K will be wearing on the first day of school. She'll be wearing this camisole (which won last month's Carefree Clothes for Girls Sew Along - thank you!) as well as this skirt:
I made it all from repurposed materials. The main fabric, a pink and white gingham, started out as this dress, from my favorite antique store:
It was $2. It has no tags in it, so it's obviously handmade, and it has (had) a giant yellowish stain all the way up the back, which is why it only cost $2. I tried everything I knew how to get out the stain, including washing it with eco-friendly detergent in our front loader and letting the sun try to work its natural bleaching magic by hanging outside, but nothing worked. Still, I was determined to use it somehow, since someone put time into making this dress in a time long ago and I did not want her hard work to come to an end in 2010.
I cut it off at the waist, cut off the stained part of the skirt, and re-sewed the edges to form another tube. Then I just formed a casing in the top and inserted elastic. The trim at the bottom is a gorgeous two-layer trim (cotton and lace) that was part of a huge bag of textiles I bought at the thrift store last spring. It adds a nice little weight to the bottom of the skirt (and some length, which means K can wear this skirt for at least two more years). It's perfect!
She'll wear it with a cute pair of rose-embroidered knee highs I found at a kids' consignment shop this past weekend. I love that the whole outfit is girly and cute, but not matchy-matchy at all. I can't believe her back-to-school ensemble is already complete. It was, I must confess, a complete accident on my part, as I was just so excited to sew each piece that it never occurred to me that I was sewing her First Day Outfit. Still, I'm going to pat myself on the back for a job completed well ahead of deadline.