Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Playing with dolls

Maybe you know this already but I love to play with dolls...18 inch dolls to be exact. Such as American Girl dolls and Madame Alexander dolls. Those kind. They are so much fun to sew for. So I dear friend called me after we saw her at Christmas time and made a suggestion. Why don't you sell those? So I decided to give it a go. We'll see what happens. I don't have anything planned except this adorable knit dress (actually there is 4 of them). The picture just doesn't do it justice. Molly (my model) is standing on my sewing table and I just can't help but look at her. She is very cute! Each dress is closed in the back with a strip of velcro...wonderful for little fingers to play independently. Love that!
So if your favorite little girl needs a spring dress for their doll...please contact me. I am still working on details.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sick Kids = No Sewing

Oh what a wonderful day! Okay, just kidding. This week I had grand and fun plans (it is spring break...isn't that what you are supposed to do?)...that all went down the drain. It started Monday evening with a child with a fever. Then after canceling my day on Tuesday, dear sweet hubby came home 20 minutes after leaving for work saying that the clutch in his pickup went out and he needed my car. Well, in a way sick kids was a blessing. I had already arranged that I didn't have to go anywhere. But here it is Friday night, kids are getting better and still functioning with one car (there are worse things...I shouldn't be complaining). So, most mothers know this already...sick kids=not much sewing time.
So today I share a dress that I had the pleasure of making a few weeks ago. I have had a craving to make a blessing dress for a while. All my sister-in-laws were having boys and all of my local friends were also having boys. I really was praying for a girl for someone. When I found out that a friend from high school was having a girl I promply adopted her. And I am very pleased with how it turned out. I had it finished and hanging in the sewing room for a few days before packaging it up, just because I liked looking at it.I asked my friend for some direction about what she leans more toward (is she a frilly kind of mom or more simple and elegant, that kind of stuff). I bought this piece of fabric that I fell in love with a while ago and so we decided that I would use this piece and surprise her. Like I said, I am still very pleased with how it turned out.
I started with this sheer, embroidered overlay (the piece I loved). I was trying to figure out how I was going to put it together to create this dress. It had a beautiful scalloped edge that I was leaning toward using but it just didn't seem right. So I went with a wide satin band at the hem. I really love it more than the scalloped edge! The skirt is gathered and lined, due to the sheer overlay.

For the bodice I chose these sweet puffy sleeves with a sleeve band and a very simple bodice. I had it plain at first and it just wasn't right. Am I strange that my work just doesn't feel right? So anyway I went in search for something to add as the finishing touches. These simple, sweet flowers were just right. They match the embroidery on the skirt and everything. I think it was meant to be. I just love how it all turned out. Now the sweet little lady is six weeks old and adorable!

Now, just because I am strange...and I like simple things in life. I want to share my newest addition to the sewing room. A thread rack!!! You have no idea how exciting this is. I found it on the damaged shelf at JoAnns. It had one peg missing and one had broken. I really didn't have a problem with that...I have a handy hubby. I paid no more than $2.50 for a $15.00 rack. Love that! And my dear sweet hubby fixed the two broken pegs and hung it on my oh so bare wall. Thanks hubby, I love you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

More Blocks

I am pretty well keeping up with the pace of the quilt along. I am a block behind but if I get some uninturrupted sewing time I could catch up pretty quick I think.
This particular block was very hard for me and I really don't like it. Okay the block itself is fine but putting it together didn't work out so well. In making it I missed a very important step...trim the half-square triangle squares to a certain size. In missing that step my block pieces didn't fit together and it just didn't work out so well.
This one is just fine. I wish I had picked some fabrics with a little more contrast of color.

Hope you are enjoying my show. Someday soon it will be a completed quilt top. :)