I can’t believe that it’s been several months since my last post!!! Where has the time gone and what have I been doing? LOL! Sewing, creating patterns, smocking, teaching, etc. – I’ve been doing all of these things.
After creating the first of my Kathy’s Ultimate Travel Case, I actually made another one and tweaked the pattern a bit before listing it in my shop. The second case was stitched in my favorite colors – blues! I even added my monogram!!! Can’t wait to use this case!
I also wanted to share pictures of my little girls in their special dress for the daddy/daughter dances they attended. I was glad that both girls got to wear the dress. Aren’t they adorable!!! Not that I’m biased or anything! LOL!
They both loved the dress and had such fun at the “dance”!
The next on the agenda was getting a favorite pattern ready to list in my Etsy shop. I regularly have had requests for this pattern, so it was time to offer the Suzette pattern in the shop.
This has been a favorite of mine and the girls looked so cute in this dress when they wore it a couple years ago for Easter!
Once that pattern was complete and listed, I moved on to a favorite summer dress – the smocked halter dress which includes the Shabby Roses version.
Seriously, could anything be cuter!!!
The Shabby Roses version doesn’t require a pleater or any smocking knowledge.
Of course, creating additional sizes required making up the dress in all sizes to ensure accuracy – so that was a LOT of sewing!
I have smocked one of these dresses for Ella – it only needs a hem. Let me just say, this was no easy task!!! (excuse the bad picture!)
This smocking plate is the Beaufort Bow by Laura Jenkins Thompson. I’ve smocked it before, but many years ago. Let me just say that my aging eyes had a really hard time deciphering the graph and I ended up re-graphing the picture smocking design in my Adobe Illustrator software so that I could read it well enough to smock it. No simple task!!! I think that there may be an error or 2 in my smocking, but nothing that is obvious. LOL! Now, to smock the blue dress for Livvy.
Then there was yet another pattern to get listed in the shop – this one is a reversible crop top 💕 which I created specifically to go with the reversible twirl skirt. The girls absolutely LOVE this top and can’t wait for the warm weather to come so that they can wear it! This pattern has either a curved back or a straight back to it, but it’s reversible, so the other side can be something different. 😊
Livvy was quite the willing model and she couldn’t decide which side of the top she liked best!
I’ve had the privilege of teaching for both the Savannah smocking guild as well as the Atlanta smocking guild in the last 2 months – both groups were such fun and they did so well with their chosen classes! I look forward to seeing pictures of completed projects soon!!!
Now I’m working on something special for the Classic Sewing Magazine. If you don’t already subscribe to it, you’re missing out on a lot of beautiful patterns, embroidery & smocking designs and LOTS of inspiration!!!
So, you can see I’ve been quite busy in the sewing room! I’ll try and do a better job of keeping up with the blog in the coming months!
I hope everyone is busy working on spring/Easter sewing – it will be here soon!!!