Friday, September 19, 2014

sail into "stitching"

I must say, I don't know where the summer went this year... BUT I did manage to finish up some projects including a simple sewing project.

I haven't used my sewing machine to make an actual garment in years and I must say, this was fun!  It's funny how you can really enjoy a hobby and then for some reason you just, well, stop.  Back in the day I used to use my sewing machine (and skills) for clothes making more than crafting or quiltign.

So last spring my daughter and I went looking for baby clothes patterns, little did I know that patterns...especially infant/baby ones, are not easy to find anymore!  What a surprise this was and I have to admit, the actual pattern was a bit of a disappointment in quality.  Surprisingly the little dress I stitched up had no lining for the bodice and just called for bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes... next time I think I'll adapt the pattern a bit and use a lining instead.
The fabric was a cute pattern with sailboats.  The same fabric Miss Bee's great grandmother used to make her a baby quilt.  Rather than using the same fabric for the whole dress I used a little bit of blue and some vintage looking fabric to "fluff" up the hem a bit.  Dusting off my skills included a zipper and only 3/8 inch seams but I think I did a more than passable job!
The blue sweater was another little knitting project I finished in time to wear with the dress... You may have noticed but I think I've broken some kind of record with actually finishing my knitting projects this summer!
But of course with this cute little face how could I not?
The dress and sweater were finished in time for Miss Bee to travel all the way to Colorado, on a plane even, to attend a wedding with her mama and daddy.  I think she likes her mama's sparkles!
And Miss Bee was pretty stylish if I don't say so myself!

Here's hoping to a soon, calmer fall.