Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Well, Look at What the Fabric Became...

I'm thinking it might not surprise you too awfully much to learn that I know how to sew would it? LOL In fact, one year I sewed my entire school wardrobe (I think it was the summer before 9th grade). My mom taught me to sew and I took Home Ec in junior high. I made the girls' crib bumpers and crib skirts, too.

With that said...this pile of fabric...

turned into this!

I found out Joann's was having a sale on their McCall's patterns. Like 99 cents a pattern! Full price this one would be $11.95! Now you know why I haven't delved back into sewing lately. LOL But I saw a pattern created by a blogger for a sundress that I thought was adorable. I didn't quite "get" her sounded too complicated for my feeble brain to get the right measurements, especially since I've not done any sewing for oh about 8 years. I figured an easy 99 cent pattern would work to ease me back into sewing. This package said Easy and it didn't look too complicated. However, there were a few places in the creating that I was stumped and had to get creative. That bottom tier is one. The way they had it written I was supposed to match marks to seams. Only I had 4 marks (that were on the pattern, I didn't invent them) and only three seams. It obviously wouldn't have fit right. All my gathers would have been in one area only. Sheesh. Talk about easing back into it. LOL

I'm not completely done yet, except for the main sewing. I have to see if it fits Amy and adjust the straps if necessary. I also have to do some clean up with stitching and hand stitch the lining. Oh and add a couple of buttons. I also have an idea for an accessory for the dress. Once I get it completely done, I'll share it front and back on Miss Amy. (And yes, Jessica will be getting a dress as well, only in blue) *Ü*

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your Wednesday is a happy one!



Sparkle said...

This is just darling! I use to make my mom sew me matching purses. :)

Laurel said...

So pretty!

Kathi C. said...

Oh my goodness! We have yet one more thing in common. I sewed all of my clothes in high school. When I asked for something new, I wasn't asking for anything store bought but fabric. I was also considered a "clothes horse" and "best dressed" by a landslide. My grandma taught me to sew on a treadle sewing machine.

I love that you are sewing dresses for the girls, although I will have to say a pattern at $11.95 makes me cringe. A buck sounds much better! Good for you! That little butterfly sundress is gorgeous, and the blue one will be just as pretty.

When they are done, I expect photos of the dresses on the girls. A scrapbook layout, too, telling your story! Demanding, I know. LOL.

So happy to see what you're doing! TFS, sweet friend!

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Oh, that is so cute!!! MUCH more complicated than anything I have ever done! I'm impressed!

Heidi Storey said...

That looks awesome Jeanne!! You would never know that you haven't sewn anything in that long. I think I bought that same pattern today to make some dresses for Annabelle! Can't wait to see Jessica's.

Kim Burmeister said...

This is adorable! I love sun dresses. My mom made my clothes when I was little and I had the cutest sun dresses. Great job!

mE said...

That's loverly!!!! Sewing is fun! AND I also never pay full price for a pattern... ridiculous.

I'm assisting my friend at church... teaching a sewing class... sewing projects are seeeeewwwww addicting :) hahaha :)

Yes, yes, can't wait to see photos of the girls in their dresses.


Carol said...

I love the dress! It is something I would wear. Great job.

Carolyn Christie said...

Nice job!! So cute!! I love to sew, for now it's just on cards. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!