Getting ready for the beach trip always means lots of sewing for me. I love making the little girls matching outfits. They are young and still enjoy matching each other, so I love to sew for them while they are still excited after the mermaid outfits, I made the girls matching watermelon dresses from the Children’s Corner “Jacqueline” pattern. They turned out so cute! I do think that this pattern runs slightly larger than their other patterns, but maybe that’s my imagination! LOL!
Then I completed a Bonnie Blue “Claire” outfit with an insert that I had smocked years ago. I love this flamingo smocking design from Frances Messina Jones. It is called Fancy Flamingoes. I was thrilled to be able to finally use this smocked insert! I do find that the Bonnie Blue patterns run significantly larger than the Children’s Corner ones and need to remember that before I use them again. The outfit has been a big hit with Ella and she wears it quite regularly.
My last sewing venture prior to the beach was making up a “test” sample dress of the Felicity pattern called Sunny Dress and Bloomers. I made this several years ago for the girls and they looked adorable in it, so I thought I’d try it again. I remembered it running very wide, so I made a size 4 dress for Ella (she wears a size 6X). It has plenty of growing room in it! I will have to see what it looks like on her before I make more of these. I love the ruffles and it’s a cute dress. As always, the larger sizes look better on the little girls rather than on the mannequin.
While at the beach, I was able to get a cute picture of Livvy in her mermaid outfit made from my Mermaid Dress and Top pattern. She looked adorable!!!
Eva had her mermaid outfit as well, but it was harder to get a picture that shows it off. They were having such fun with the telescope, even though it wasn’t working! (we didn’t put the money in it!!!)
Since being home, I’ve enjoyed some relaxing sewing and have been able to be creative. I finished up 20 sets of diapers from the Teeny Tears pattern. You have to request the pattern from them to sew these up. Our SAGA guild includes these diaper sets with the tiny gowns that we make. While these are tiny, so one would think that they are a quick sew, they actually take longer than you would think. They are quite fiddly to stitch, clip/trim and turn and then topstitch, but I still enjoy making them. My friend gave me all of these scraps of flannel that she had left from her quilting projects, and there were enough to cut out about 100 diapers!!! Obviously, I still have more to sew. LOL!
Then I had Ella over this week for her first sewing lesson. She was so excited about it and couldn’t wait to start a project. I chose a pillowcase as her first project and pulled out 6 different complimentary fabrics for her to choose from. She did such a great job with her sewing and was quite proud of the finished pillowcase!
Ella was totally focused on stitching straight. She went nice and slow and was very accurate.
She told me that this was going to be her favorite pillowcase!!! ❤️ She can’t wait for her next lesson.
I hope that all my sewing friends are enjoying a wonderful summer and stitching up some pretty things!!!