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.
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.
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!
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…….