Just kidding (mostly).
Anyway she needed an Art Smock so we could really start getting messy and I couldn't find any I liked, so I made her one. Here it is:
I love how it turned out and I was so proud to have finally mastered the art of sewing bias tape, which I'll talk about more a bit later.
I learned how to make my own pattern for an art smock that would fit Little Sweets from this tutorial over at Prudent Baby. I didn't add the cute pocket but I changed it up a bit with a tie back closure using the extra bias tape I had (I needed 2 packages).
Back to the art of bias tape. I finally mastered it thanks to Angry Chicken's video tutorial on the no-swearing bias tape method. I think everyone should check out that video tutorial, whether you plan on sewing bias tape or not. It's hilarious.
I learned a lot from the video tutorial, but the best tip was folding the ends of the bias tape under to give it a nice finish on the corners.
And this beautiful oilcloth fabric? It's Passion Lily by Amy Butler, which I purchased from Oilcloth Addict on Etsy. You can find tons of great oilcloth fabrics on her shop and even some chalkcloth (remember my post on Chalkboard Inspirations?).
Once Little Sweets' Art Smock was done, we had to try finger painting for the first time. This is a girl who does not like being messy. It took about 10 minutes of me finger painting before she dared touch the paint.
I really like how this project turned out and I'm thinking about Christmas gifts for nieces, nephews and friends... if any of my loved ones are reading this and your kiddos need their own Art Smock, let me know. If I start on them now, I may even finish them before Christmas.