Happy New Year!!!

Today is the start of the new year and I’ve been busy doing what I love to do the most – sewing!  It’s been a lovely day!  I’ve heard of a saying that what you do on the first day of the year is what you’ll be doing all year long.  I’d love that!

I have finished up a project that has been a long time plan – which is to redraft a pattern that I taught at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion in 2013.  I was seriously pressed for time when I designed the first dress and made the sample.  While I was satisfied with the dress, I knew that in time I would want to teach the class again and offer more sizes as well as tweak the pattern a bit.  I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with the results.

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The newer version has several minor changes from the first version of the dress, but I think that the subtle differences are more pleasing to the eye.  I’ve also drafted the dress in several sizes as opposed to the one size that was offered at SOAF.

This was the first version of the dress, which was worn by our first granddaughter and the rest that followed.  It was an ensemble that included a bonnet as well as coat and looked adorable on all the little girls.

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I knew that I wanted to change the collar to have a slight roll to it, even though a true Peter Pan collar is not supposed to have  roll.  I also softened the shape of the bodice curve and thought it is a slight change, I do prefer the new shape.  I also changed the shape of the sleeve somewhat.  These minor changes have made me much more happy with the overall appearance of the dress, though I doubt that many would even notice.

When I taught the class at SOAF, the bow on the dress was machine embroidered – with a sewing machine and not an embroidery machine.  I like the softness of the shadow work embroidery and have drawn out 3 different bows that students will be able to choose from – the 2 pictured on these dresses as well as one more that is a bit simper and will stitch up even quicker.

Needless to say, I’m very happy with the first day of the new year!  A sewing success is always great way to finish any day, but it’s a fabulous way to start the new year!

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I hope each one of you has had a wonderful start to the new year as well and pray that the new year will bring many blessings to you and those that you love!

Keep on stitching…….

Kathy

21 thoughts on “Happy New Year!!!

  1. Kris Curtis

    Kathy: I enjoy hearing your design process. It’s good for sewers to see the small details that make a difference even if they never intend to design. I agree, your updates are good ones – and I noticed!

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    1. Kathy Post author

      At this time I don’t have patterns for sale. I still have to get this pattern draft drawn out and ready to print, but won’t do that until I need to teach the class. If I ever start selling patterns, I’ll let you know!

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  2. Rettabug

    What a cutie pie & what a joyful look on her face in that beautiful dress! She knows she looks Pretty!

    I can see the slight changes that you’ve made in the design, Kathy but I doubt I would have been able to spot them had you not explained what you did. I like the changes, esp. the slighter curve at the bodice smocking. Beautifully executed!
    Someday I’ll get back to heirloom sewing if God lets me live long enough to have some great grands! I would love to make this outfit!!!

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  3. Marysia Paling

    Hi there Kathy,
    Happy New Year.
    Stunningly beautifully made clothes as always. Such a pleasure to see.

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  4. Marian Moody

    Kathy, great little changes that do make a difference. Beautiful dress, I greatly admire your work. You inspire us all!

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    1. Kathy Post author

      I don’t have a place on the blog to post that – or, at least, not that I know of. The technical part of blogging is a mystery to me. Updates always mess everything up and it takes hubby at least 45 min – an hour to fix. Ugh! I teach for different SAGA guilds when asked.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      There may be a way to add a category, but I don’t have a clue how. I’d be happy to email you with when/where I will be teaching. 🙂

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  5. Gail

    Loved the class at SATB- I am busy smocking the dress. I took this class at Martha Pullen several years ago and I am ready to do it again in a bigger size along with the coat. Let me know if you offer the class in NC, SC or Virginia.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks Gail – I’ll let you know if I’m teaching in the vicinity. Right now I don’t have anything scheduled for any of those areas.

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    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Lynda. I don’t sell patterns at this time, but they are available if you take a class.

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        1. Kathy Post author

          There are no online classes at this time. So sorry. I will be teaching in the Houston area of TX next year though. 🙂

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