Finishing up a UFO

This week we kept the grandkids for a few days while their folks had a little “get-away”, so I knew that no serious sewing was going to get done.  However, during nap times and in the evenings I took the opportunity to finish up the end embroidery on an unfinished project.  Once the embroidery was finished and buttons covered, I could hem the dress and do buttonholes and sew the buttons on the dress and jacket.  I was able to do that after they were gone.  It didn’t take long at all.  I’m so glad to have this finished and will try it on our oldest granddaughter this week.  Hopefully it will be a good fit.

The dress and jacket are a Gail Doane project from a summer sewing retreat. So, it hasn’t been sitting unfinished for too long (unlike some other projects)!

The dress is a nice weight cotton print with accents in featherwale corduroy – a great combination for fall/winter weather.

The dress bodice has a cute pleated treatment, but even in the close up picture, it doesn’t show up well.  I like the pleated treatment, but don’t think that I’d bother doing it again on a dress where it doesn’t show up at all.  If I put the effort into details, I do like them to be seen!  LOL!  I can think of many other ways to use this same treatment to add interest to other projects, so was glad to have tried it.  The scalloped waistband adds such nice contrast to the dress and I really like the soft pleats in the skirt – just a little different from the usual gathers.

What you don’t see well is a pleated strip of fabric on both sides that are covered with a strip of narrow fabric.  Cute idea, right?

I’m including a picture of the dress back only because I wanted to show how a well drafted collar should look.  I continue to see so many new (mostly PDF) designers that have oddly drafted collars that rarely meet up in the back.  A well drafted collar should sit well on the dress – not flat like a dinner plate, and should meet in both the center front as well as the center back.

What excited me most about this project was the jacket.  I had seen a similar jacket on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  Leave it to Gail to draft such a cute jacket with scallops down the front and then add her signature embroidered buttons as well as lots of contrast piping to put it over the top.  Featherwale corduroy is perfect for our mild winters in the south, so I expect this will get a lot of wear.

The back is equally as cute as the front!

With this project finished, I’ve pulled out yet another UFO dress and jacket for spring.  It has more work than this one did to finish it up, so we’ll see how quickly that will get done!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a class from Gail, you should put that on your wish list.  She teaches regularly around the country.  Her patterns are so well done and she is an excellent teacher.  I think anyone would enjoy a class with her!

I hope you will enjoy some sweet stitching time this week as well.


15 thoughts on “Finishing up a UFO

  1. Ellen Heyer

    The dress is absolutely beautiful! I’m taking a Gail Doane class in May at Peanut n butter jelly kids Sooo looking forward to it. Also taking Tricia Smuth class in April/May I really don’t have a large # of grandkids to see for but just enjoy learning the techniques. I’m laid up right now w/ leg injury I suffered Friday Maybe it’s time to concentrate on some UFO’s

    1. Kathy Post author

      You’ll love her class Ellen! Do you have some hand work you can do while you recover? Forced down time is a great time to do handwork. 😀 I hope you won’t be out of commission for too long!

  2. Carolyn Stegall

    Kathy, it is hard for me to imagine you having UFO”s at your house! It is such a treat to see your beautiful work! Keep stitching and enjoy those beautiful grandbabies!!!

    1. Kathy Post author

      I did the embroidery while the little girls were here, though only when the youngest one was napping. It proved to be quite interesting – though I explained to the 4 year old that I couldn’t talk while I was putting the stitches on the needle, she had incessant questions unless I was counting out loud – which I had to resort to doing. LOL! She was quite fascinated with the embroidery. Perhaps a future seamstress?

  3. Genine

    Beautiful work Kathy.
    I am sure your 4 year old would love to start sewing with you. I started at that age, with binca fabric and back stitch and cross stitch with a blunt needle and thick floss.

    1. Kathy Post author

      She does enjoy sewing buttons on fabric with me. We’ve done that already. I’ll have to think about other sewing projects for her to do – perhaps a simple doll outfit. Thanks for the reminder Genine!

  4. Rettabug

    I’m always amazed & in awe of all the gorgeous things you create, Kathy! This one is no different…just beautiful in its color combo as well as all those special details. I tried real hard to see the pleated section of the bodice but you’re right, it doesn’t show up much.
    I have Gail Doane’s book with all those lovely jackets in it & sadly didn’t get to make any for Ms. C. before she ‘grew up’ & didn’t care for such. Sew as much as you can for your darling grands while they’re little!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    1. Kathy Post author

      I do enjoy sewing for the little ones Rett and realize that the opportunity to sew for them is limited. I have one of those jackets started and need to get it done as well!

      I cannot take any credit for the fabric and color combinations – Gail offers the kits and chooses the colors and she has impeccable taste!


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