Teaching, Sewing, Cleaning and Wedding Stuff! Yikes!

You might wonder where I’ve been for the last month or so since my last blog post.  Well, it’s been rather busy!  I spent 2 weekends in a row teaching, which is something that I really enjoy!

My first weekend was in Savannah with the Waving Girls SAGA guild teaching my “Suzette” dress.

The ladies in the class were delightful and I enjoyed meeting many of them for the first time and seeing others that I’ve met before as well.  They did a great job with their handwork and sewing!  Aren’t they a great looking bunch of ladies!

An additional benefit was being able to stay with my aunt Lil and seeing my cousin Martha and her husband and one of their boys!  It was so wonderful to catch up with them and share a meal and fellowship around the table!  She and my late uncle Jim have always been such a blessing to me!  I definitely stole this picture from her FB page – this is my aunt Lil and my cousin Martha.

The following weekend I spent with the Palmetto Pleaters in Greenville, SC.   This was another great bunch of ladies!  I have yet to meet a group of sewing ladies that I didn’t like!  We spent the first day working on the “Annalise” blouse.

The second day was spent constructing my Prince/Princess diaper set.  There were many cute versions that were worked on in this class since the students brought their own choice of fabric for the set.  A couple of the ladies even finished theirs!

I enjoyed my time with them, met some great ladies and had a wonderful hostess there as well!

After 2 weekends away, I returned home and helped with moving our daughter into her new place.  She and my husband had done the heavy stuff while I was gone, but there was still plenty of work to do and boxes to move and unpack.  That also involved some heavy duty cleaning, furniture moving, etc. on the home front.  I spent an entire week cleaning and putting furniture back in place!!!  Not my idea of fun, but it was work that needed to be done.  I’m enjoying a VERY clean house at the moment.

Then it was time to get serious about wedding stuff – the wedding is right around the corner!  I started with the ring bearer’s outfit.  I just knew that this would be quick and easy.  Well, it was quick and easy, but it didn’t fit my big guy!  😲  He is tall enough that the shorts looked like “hip huggers” on him!  LOL!!!  Not the look we were going for.  So, I’ve completed the second version of the outfit and I’m confident that this one will fit just right.   I used the Children’s Corner “David” pattern for the shorts and the sleeves and the “Michael” pattern for the shirt, though I changed up the shirt front a bit.  I fear that both of these patterns are now out of print, but they are still available on the second hand market.  I highly recommend them.  Of course, I’m sure that there are other similar patterns currently available at your favorite heirloom shop.

The color of the shorts is really more of an oatmeal/khaki color – but I edited it so that they show up darker – that was the only way that the embroidery on the shirt would show up!  I’m no photoshop expert, for sure!!!

The shorts are linen and the shirt is a cotton broadcloth.

After completing the shirt, I felt that the center of the shirt needed something else – a touch of embroidery.  So, I used a vintage embroidery design for inspiration and came up with this simple design.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, even though my hand stitching isn’t as perfect as I’d like it to be!  I used size 30 pearl cotton for the embroidery, which I think is normally used for crochet.  It worked quite well and I like the simplicity of the running stitch!

Next up is making the ring bearer’s pillow.  Surely I won’t need to make 2 of those to get one successful pillow, right???   Needless to say, I’m busy!   You may not hear from me again for another month!!!  We’re keeping fingers crossed that the weather will warm up in the next 3 weeks.  We went from warm, spring temperatures (with everything blooming!!!) to frigid cold this past week.  With an outdoor wedding, warmer would definitely be better!

Hope you’re enjoying some fun spring and Easter stitching!



11 thoughts on “Teaching, Sewing, Cleaning and Wedding Stuff! Yikes!

  1. Irene Hurley

    Kathy, I just love all of the projects featured in this post! Your work is so beautiful….you inspire and motivate me. Thanks for sharing your many gifts ☘

  2. Terri Brown

    I know you must be so busy sewing and other stuff for the wedding. Whew! You continue to inspire me thank you !

  3. Bunny

    Beautiful garments, Kathy! You have been so busy and I am always impressed with how much you accomplish. The ring bearer’s outfit is precious and just perfect for a wedding.

  4. Jo Wyrosdick

    Did you cut the shorts longer than pattern length? Or perhaps left waistband off and added that to top of pants? I like the longer shorts and have both Michael and David.

    1. Kathy Post author

      I did not cut the shorts longer. there is no waistband, but I did add length to the crotch measurement because Liam is pretty tall.

  5. Rettabug

    Such wonderfully inspiring garments, Kathy…you always show us beautiful items that we could actually accomplish!
    Loved the family photos, too!

  6. Brenella Joubert

    I am new to this blog ,so I don’t know if I am in the right place . However I have seen Adelaide top and I really would love that pattern for my great granddaughter.

    1. Kathy Post author

      Brenella – the Annalise top is one that I teach, so the pattern for this is available only when you take the class. However, I made the same top for Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine when it was still being published and it was called Temily. The Temily top came only with the 3/4 length sleeves. You could possibly get a copy of that on Ebay or Etsy. I believe it may have been in issue #80.


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