Monthly Archives: June 2020

Flower Girl Dresses

I continue to stay busy in the sewing room making one thing or another.  A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to make a walker bag for my upcoming surgery  – I’ll need to use a walker for a few weeks.  I couldn’t find a suitable pattern that had all the pockets that I think I’d want.  So, I made up my own pattern and now it is for sale in my Etsy shop.  Click on the link if you think you might want to make this for someone special.

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The other side has just as many pockets:

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I actually made 2 walker bags – one to use on our upper level and one for the main floor, so now I’m all set.

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After that, it was time to move on to some fun sewing.  Ella & Eva are going to be flower girls for an October evening wedding in the mountains.  The bride requested white dresses.  I had some fun sketching and then designing the dresses and then it was time to make them.  I went stash diving and was able to find white bridal satin, minky, and a variety of different laces were auditioned for the dress.  I only needed to purchase the organza overlay fabric, dress lining, beads & sequins.  We all ended up choosing the same lace.  That was quite serendipitous because the lace was rescued from my wedding dress and repurposed for these flower girl dresses.

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With both dresses finished and more time, fabric & lace left, I decided that I’d make a short cape to go with the dresses.  After all, it could get chilly in the evening and they would need something to keep warm in.

For the cape, I underlined it in flannel and then lined the inside with minky fabric.  They will love that AND it will be warm.

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While I realize that a shorter bolero length is fashionable, these are made to be functional – as in, to keep those arms warm!  So, I made them elbow length.  the come to the bottom of the dress waist, which I think will be perfect for the girls.  I can’t wait to try them on the girls!

So, this is what I’ve been up to for the last few weeks.  Now to decide on the next project…..

I hope that you’re able to keep busy and be creative during these strange times of having to stay in more than usual.

Kathy

Still At Home…..Sewing, Smocking, Designing

Like most people around the country, I’m still at home for the most part, and using the time to do more sewing for the grandkids, add more patterns to my Etsy shop, etc.  I have been productive, but probably not as productive as I’d like.  It’s hard to stay motivated.

I’m thankful to have been able to add several patterns that I hope will motivate, teach and encourage others as they stay home more than normal.  I’ve added a beginning smocking book as well as a shadow work embroidery book.  They are both for beginners and introduce the basics.

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Then I wanted to add more patterns that I have either taught over the years or were in past magazines.  Some are easy to make, some are more difficult.  All have very thorough instructions with lots of detailed pictures to enable the seamstress to complete the project – difficult or easy – without problems.

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As you can see, I’ve been busy with that!  LOL!  Adding additional sizes as well as getting the instructions ready for a PDF pattern is very time consuming.  However, right now I have PLENTY of time!!!

What has been more fun is creating outfits that the girls can wear!  When adding additional sizes, I add sizes that are the right size for our growing granddaughters (ages 7 & 10).  Thankfully we are able to see the girls since we are all practicing social distancing, so I’ve been able to take pictures of them in the newly created, newly sized outfits!

Ella loves her new Perfectly Pretty dress and I’m already working on a second one for her!

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Livvy loved her Perfectly Pretty top with the parade!  I made matching shorts for her outfit.

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Eva agreed to try on the outfit, but didn’t want it.    It went to Livvy.  LOL!  She has chosen other fabric and I’m ready to put that together now – the smocking is done!

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Ella also loved her smocked halter dress.  I think this is a great pattern for older girls!

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Even the back has cute options!

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I then moved on to some other patterns, this one is Primrose Lane’s “Annie” pattern.  Sometimes it’s nice to not have to think about anything but to just follow someone else’s instructions and sew.  🙂  The smocked insert on this dress was purchased years ago from Beaux et Belles.

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Next I decided to make all 3 girls matching dresses, though there isn’t much need for them.  They are big enough to wear again next year!!!  The pattern is Children’s Corner “Lillian”.  The girls do love them and are wearing them.

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This morning I finished the smocking on the 3rd Perfectly Pretty dress so that the girls will have matching/coordinating dresses for our upcoming beach trip.  Can’t wait to put these together and see them on the girls.  🥰

As you can see, though I haven’t been updating the blog, I’ve been busy!!!

I hope you’ve been able to keep busy enjoying your hobbies, whatever they are!  I look forward to the time when we will all be able to safely get out a bit more!  Until then…..

keep on stitching!!!

Kathy