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.
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?