Saturday, May 28, 2011

End of the School Year

My baby big kid is moving on up. He is as of Friday, May 27th, a kindergartener, I didn't cry (much) and in so many ways this is a big relief, after all this means he is smart and independent and capable of exsisting on a daily basis without my constant presence. All things that I could not picture when he was a tiny infant who lived in a bouncy chair (vibration feature ON, if you please!) and still at odd moments take me completely by surprise. I am so proud of him it sometimes takes my breath away. (tearing up now)
That is not why we're here today! We're here to show off some crafty and sewing projects that helped make his graduation even more fun. The theme of the day was "Let's go to the Hop" 1950's style dress up and music. Fun, right? And, let's be honest, usually the boys have it kind of rough, not so much glittery dress up stuff for them. And I had already decided to make his sister (who doesn't even attend the school yet) a poodle skirt. But it is his day, not hers so what to make for him? Hmmmm.  And then I found a pattern for a bowling shirt (Simplicity 7208). Cool!!! He chose the colors and overall I am very pleased with how it turned out. I did learn that older patterns are sized differently than the sizes you buy today so I made the XS size according to the measurements on the back of the pattern and it fits perfectly. That would worry me a little if I had made the shirt out of 100% cotton, but thankfully I used my favorite girls, poly and ester for this shirt so we should have no shrinkage.  Lesson learned. (And applied to the tractor shirt, but we'll save that for another post)  And here it is!

And for little sister---

Since I don't have a lovely Silhouette machine or an embroidery machine, for the bowling shirt I made a bowling pins and ball applique from felt, also made the poodle on her skirt and satin stitched it on with the sewing machine. (Learned a few things there too.) To make the poodle skirt I used this tutorial from MADE, so simple, and I think the circle skirt may become my new favorite skirt.

And because I am a former theatre person and in my world every performance big or small, needs at least SOME kind of scenery, some friends and I came up with the idea of giant records. With the year they will graduate from high school.  So I had my husband cut out 2 big circles from luan (one for the pre-school and one for the pre-K) and painted them to look like records, including that little insert, because, again in my world, these records are of course 45's not boring old 33's.  Which of course I didn't photograph. But no problem, they're cooler now anyway. Because we added glitter spray. I love glitter. And then on Monday evening my good friend Lori (you can check out her blog over at OUR FOREVER HOUSE, she has great home decor ideas) and I cut out big Varsity stlye letters using posterboard and scrapbook cardstock, glued them on the giant records and PRESTO! Scenery/centerpieces/photo props! 

Photo is a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. In this photo the glitter is really subtle, so you're going to have to take my word that it makes these even more special.
I really wanted to post photos of these from the performance, but I put a little too much faith in my Ipod camera today and they didn't turn out quite as well as they looked when I took them. But they looked great, everyone liked them and it was a fantastic graduation. Whew! Now that we're done with's to a great and crafty summer!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your awesome new blog! As you first follower, I must write your first comment on your very first post (yes, I will always remember being your first - hee hee!)!!! The outfits and backdrop turned out awesome. Thanks for letting me help you on this project. I had fun. I will check my photos although I don't think I took any without any kids in them.


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