Thursday, September 17, 2015

Been Sewin'

Hello, Dear Ones. Since I've spruced up my sewing room, I've been sewin'! I've been looking for patterns in thrift shops that would fit Carter and have found a few. The pattern pieces to this was were not even cut out! Yay for me! :)
I know summer is almost over but this little sleeveless dress was just so cute I had to try it! I have had this sweet little fabric for many years waiting for the perfect project. This was it!
 Here you can see the pattern on the fabric so much better. It's covered with little old fashioned children playing!
I'm so proud of myself! :) The way I cut the bodice I was able to get the garland right under the neckline! Looks like it was planned doesn't it? Well, it was! :)
 Now to the cutest part - the back!
Look, the back closes with a bow you tie. I think I did a pretty good job tying that bow. My daughter says she doesn't know if she can get it just right. She's stubborn, she'll get it right! ;) Takes after her mommy.
Also underneath the little tie I needed a button closure. Now this is something I like to do when just one button is needed at the back of a garment - I sew on my button on one side and then I just take some crochet thread and crochet a chain long enough, with a little to spare, that will go around the button. I just take the two ends and lay them close together and sew and back stitch over and over a few times on the back piece opposite the button. Works perfectly!
Now you can see how old this pattern really was. I'm thinking the late 80s or so. It is a Mary Engelbreit pattern. Carter does wear her dresses rather long but I didn't make this little dress as long as the pattern was. I didn't add the pockets either.
Then I made Carter a little skirt. She loves to wear skirts. I had no pattern for it but it was so easy.
I just took my 45" fabric and folded it in half, selvage to selvage. I had measured Carter from her waist to her knees so I knew how long I would make the skirt with the ruffle. I wanted to make it a little bit more special so I added the ruffle. For the ruffle, I cut two pieces from the 45" fabric, the width, about 8" long, sewed them together, gathered up the piece and sewed it to the bottom of the skirt.
Now to make the band, I turned down the top of the fabric about 1/4" and then pressed it. I used 1" elastic so I measured how much I would need to turn down the band to make a casing. You sew it all the way around but leave about a three inch opening so you can work your elastic through. Just to make the band look a little nicer, I also sew all the way around the top of the band about 1/8". This just makes it look so much nicer and lay a little flatter. I always attach a safety pin to the elastic and work it through the casing holding the loose end or it will disappear on you! ;) After the elastic is worked all the way around the casing, I pull it out a bit, take off the safety pin, layer one end of the elastic over the other and zigzag stitch over and back a few times, then sew up the opening in the casing. It's so easy and took no time at all.

I'm so sorry I don't have a snap of my little model. She was off doing fun stuff but both pieces fit her just fine! This was so much fun! I used to make almost every piece of clothing I wore. I don't enjoy sewing for myself any more but I am going to enjoy sewing for my little sweetie! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Blonde Girl, Blue Dress

 Blonde girl in a blue dress
She's walking away from me
She's standing so still
BUT SHE'S WALKING AWAY

Green eyes on a blue day
Black birds in a field away
Blonde girl in a blue dress
AND SHE'S WALKING AWAY

Have you ever come so close
Have you ever just touched down
Have you ever come so close
That you could almost, you could almost

Red sun in a dawn sky
Thunder on a sunny day
Blonde girl in a blue dress
AND SHE'S WALKING AWAY

Have you ever come so close
Have you ever let it all down
Have you ever come so close
That you could almost

Have you ever been so near
Have you ever held her right there
Have you ever come so close
That you could almost, you could almost

Blonde girl in a blue dress
She's walking away from me
She's standing right here
BUT SHE'S WALKING AWAY

~ sung by Benmont Tench