Like most people around the country, I’m still at home for the most part, and using the time to do more sewing for the grandkids, add more patterns to my Etsy shop, etc. I have been productive, but probably not as productive as I’d like. It’s hard to stay motivated.
I’m thankful to have been able to add several patterns that I hope will motivate, teach and encourage others as they stay home more than normal. I’ve added a beginning smocking book as well as a shadow work embroidery book. They are both for beginners and introduce the basics.
Then I wanted to add more patterns that I have either taught over the years or were in past magazines. Some are easy to make, some are more difficult. All have very thorough instructions with lots of detailed pictures to enable the seamstress to complete the project – difficult or easy – without problems.
As you can see, I’ve been busy with that! LOL! Adding additional sizes as well as getting the instructions ready for a PDF pattern is very time consuming. However, right now I have PLENTY of time!!!
What has been more fun is creating outfits that the girls can wear! When adding additional sizes, I add sizes that are the right size for our growing granddaughters (ages 7 & 10). Thankfully we are able to see the girls since we are all practicing social distancing, so I’ve been able to take pictures of them in the newly created, newly sized outfits!
Ella loves her new Perfectly Pretty dress and I’m already working on a second one for her!
Livvy loved her Perfectly Pretty top with the parade! I made matching shorts for her outfit.
Eva agreed to try on the outfit, but didn’t want it. It went to Livvy. LOL! She has chosen other fabric and I’m ready to put that together now – the smocking is done!
Ella also loved her smocked halter dress. I think this is a great pattern for older girls!
Even the back has cute options!
I then moved on to some other patterns, this one is Primrose Lane’s “Annie” pattern. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to think about anything but to just follow someone else’s instructions and sew. 🙂 The smocked insert on this dress was purchased years ago from Beaux et Belles.
Next I decided to make all 3 girls matching dresses, though there isn’t much need for them. They are big enough to wear again next year!!! The pattern is Children’s Corner “Lillian”. The girls do love them and are wearing them.
This morning I finished the smocking on the 3rd Perfectly Pretty dress so that the girls will have matching/coordinating dresses for our upcoming beach trip. Can’t wait to put these together and see them on the girls. 🥰
As you can see, though I haven’t been updating the blog, I’ve been busy!!!
I hope you’ve been able to keep busy enjoying your hobbies, whatever they are! I look forward to the time when we will all be able to safely get out a bit more! Until then…..
keep on stitching!!!