Category Archives: Sandpiper

Home Confinement Sewing

No explanation needed – we’re all supposed to be practicing social distancing and staying home as much as is possible.  So, what does my “tribe” do when confined to home?  Well, designing, drafting, sewing, smocking & embroidery are all on the top of my list!!!

This week I got right down to it and decided that my Sandpiper dress that was published many years ago in Australian Smocking and Embroidery should be a dress that I (eventually) offer in my Etsy shop.  I think that the style is just as current and relevant today as it was when it was published.  This was the picture that was used as the cover picture for the magazine.  It’s a perfect beach dress and if I remember correctly, the photographer’s daughter was the model.

white linen

The magazine published sizes 3, 4 & 5.  This was one of our granddaughter’s favorite dresses when she wore it, so I wanted to possibly offer sizes 2 – 8.

SG3B9924a

SG3B9929a

I loved everything about this dress and had probably made a dozen of them (sold on Ebay) before the dress was ever published.  My  favorites were the ones made in the fun fabrics!

I had been thinking about these for Easter dresses, but we may be still under home confinement when Easter rolls around, so they may be our beach dresses.

First up is the size 6 dress.  A little stash diving and I came up with cotton sateen and a lovely cotton lawn that I believe might be a Liberty from several years ago.  I can’t even tell you how many fabrics were auditioned before the choice was made.  LOL!

I graded up  a size yesterday morning and then got to work.  Today I finished up the dress and I’m hoping that Eva might just like this one.  Fingers crossed!

IMG_0962

I love the back with all the ruffles!!!  I like to add a pop of color by using Wooly Nylon thread in the serger – it gives the hem a ribbon effect.  The floral border was pinstitched to the apron.

IMG_0965

Seriously – who doesn’t love pink and green for girls???  The easy fit style makes this dress very comfortable to wear.

IMG_0963

Obviously, I’ll be home for a while, so there was no need to rush the smocking design.  I enjoyed creating the base design sitting in the bright picture window of our living room.  The pretty flowers are cast-on stitches – also a favorite of mine.

Tomorrow I’ll be stash diving again after I size up to a 7 tomorrow.  I’m thinking of white linen with pastel border.  We’ll see what the mood brings tomorrow.

I hope you’re enjoying some special stitching time while confined to home!  Why not make the best of it!!!

Stay home, stay safe & healthy and keep on stitching!!!