Show Off Saturday: No new clothes from the store!?!

Can sewing help you save up for something big? You bet it can!

So we’re saving for a new house. Don’t get all excited, though… who knows what will happen – it could take years. But my cute hubby and I have been talking about trying to set aside a little ‘down payment fund’ in case the right home comes along. We talked to the kids about it and they were all on board – if the house has a pool, lol.

The day after that Cadie decided that she needed a soccer outfit. She comes with me twice a week to Connor’s soccer practices and plays with the extra soccer balls next to the field. Suddenly her usual girly clothes aren’t sporty enough. She’s so cute, though. This is how our conversation went:

Me: “Cadie, we decided not to spend money on things we don’t really need so we can save for the new house, remember?”

Cadie: “Oh yeah.”

Me: “But I have lots of fabric and patterns so I could sew you something and not spend any money.”

Cadie: “Oh Yeah!”

Later she came to me and said she had picked out the fabrics, lol. She picked out the red and orange knits above. Really? How was I supposed to make those look good together?

Luckily I checked my basket of ribbed knit fabric and found this cream colored baby rib knit. It turned out perfect for binding on both the shorts and the shirt.

I also folded some 1″ strips in thirds and sewed them down the sleeves for trim. As you can see I’ve started using my two needle cover stitch machine for topstitching. I used it to sew on this trim and sew around the ribbed neckline with pretty cute results. Not perfect, but cute.

If you don’t have a cover stitch machine you can totally get the same look with a double needle.

In case you are wondering, the shorts and shirt patterns came from my stash of Ottobre Design Magazine. The shorts are in issue 3/2014 and the shirt is in issue 3/2013.

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

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Happy Sewing!

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