Here are two simple projects for the novice seamstress out there.
The Ribbon Trimmed Skirt was very easy and I completed it while watching TV at night. The original pattern and tutorial at Oliver and S does not show it drop waisted. I followed mmmcraft's example. Considering I only had a photo to go by I am very happy with how the drop waist came out. OK, truth be told it came out a little puckered in spots and a bit too long in length but I'm trying not to get too fixated on that! I'm just telling myself not bad for a first attempt. I am going to do it again for my younger daughter and a family friend's daughter, Avari. I figure by the time I get to my friends daughter's skirt I will worked out all the kinks. The cool thing about this skirt is the hem is finished with a ribbon. It sounds difficult but made hemming the skirt very easy and it looks very professional.
Snow Bunny Pattern: I hand sewed these two bunnies for my girls. I tried two different techniques for sewing it. I like the cleaner edge better. I sewed the pink one outsides facing in. I left an opening for turning the bunny inside out, stuffed it and sewed the opening closed. The pattern and instructions are free on Q.D Patooties blog. Again this was very easy and it keeps my hands busy while I watch TV at night (read: stops me from snacking!)
My next project after the 2 skirts will be a kids art folio (holds a pad & pencils/crayons.) I have seen several tutorials on the web so if you've done one that you liked let me know.