Finishing up Another UFO…

I am not a fan of having a bunch of UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects), but it’s inevitable to have some of them – at least, that’s the case for me.  So, this outfit was next on my list of things to finish.  Sadly, I think I’ve missed the window of opportunity to have this sweet jacket be worn.  It’s perfect for our southern spring church mornings.  However, I finished the set on Saturday and the temperatures were in the 80’s this past weekend.  Unless we have some unseasonable cool temperatures, this will go into the “Closet Creations” closet until there’s another little girl to wear this.


While I was in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, I finished up all the embroidery on this jacket.  It is quite time-consuming, but well worth the effort and very enjoyable!  The ensemble was started at a Gail Doane seminar that our SAGA Dogwood guild hosted last year.  Gail is a very talented designer and an excellent teacher.  If you enjoy heirloom sewing & smocking and haven’t taken a class from Gail, you definitely need to put that on your bucket list!!!  You’ll be glad that you did.

This past week I’ve been on the “rest and recuperate” mode after a busy time watching our grandchildren.  Who wouldn’t love spending time with these sweeties!!!  We had such fun with them, but we certainly felt our age trying to keep up with all that energy!  LOL!


The R&R involved some no-pressure  sewing and I was able to finish up both the jacket and the dress.


Although Gail offers a lovely smocking design with her pattern, I decided to do something slightly different on my dress and was happy with the results.  I opted for a bullion bow rather than the beautiful silk ribbon bow.  I thought that it would hold up nicely to all the washing that I expect this dress will get.  Isn’t the fabric a beautiful print!!!  I love paisley.


These embroidered jackets are some of my favorites.  You’ll remember the one that I finished late last year – it was different, but equally beautiful.


The time embroidering this new jacket was relaxing and enjoyable.

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I certainly got plenty of practice with bullion stitches on this jacket!  I’m sure that you’ll agree that the finished jacket is one of the cutest ever!!!  So sad that I missed the boat on this one being worn.  🙁

Thankfully, the dress will be worn, but not until next year.  I tried both the jacket and the dress on our granddaughter and the jacket was a perfect fit, but the dress was quite large.  So, I will reserve hemming the dress until next spring and I’ll be ahead of the game next year!  I know she will look adorable in this!

Next week is a new week!  With this warm weather, I’m thinking about doing some spring/summer sewing.  How about you?  Ready for some spring sewing?


13 thoughts on “Finishing up Another UFO…

  1. Carol

    That little jacket is beautiful. I love the pleated back. Some little girl is going to be so lucky and sooooo pretty in that jacket. Your work is just amazing!

  2. Suz

    Your dress and jacket are beautiful! And you are lucky to be ahead of the game for next year. I had pique ready to do similar jacket for my granddaughter for Easter this year but unfortunately, won’t have time to do finish. I’m still trying to finish up smocking and sewing for Easter outfits.:) But, you have inspired me to start earlier next time…

  3. Rettabug

    Oh Kathy….what beautiful creations! I remember buying that book of Gail’s & planning on making one of those jackets, as I love that type of handwork. When I showed them to Ms. C., she had already outgrown that stage & wasn’t interested in wearing any of them. 🙁 I am going to have to wait for Great-grandchildren, I guess!!
    Your work is exceptional & impeccable, as always!

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Rett. I’d encourage you to make one of these sweet jackets if you enjoy that type of handwork. They are so enjoyable to work on and will be such a treasure to have one ready for when a great-grand comes along. 🙂

  4. Bunny

    The dress and jacket are so beautifully coordinated. The coloring is subtle but works together so nicely. Beautiful work on everything.

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Bunny! It was fun to make. I’m only sorry it didn’t get done earlier in the year so that it could have been worn.

  5. Denise

    I had a minute to catch-up on your last two blogs. I love the dress (paisley is my favorite) and jacket. This year or next, they will be lovely. The bullion flowers area beautiful!
    I think you have inspired me to pullout a UFO…
    Have a blessed Easter, Kathy.


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