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

29 comments:

  1. I love that fabric and the back is just the cutest! Carter can always wear a little sweater with it, and maybe even a pretty little blouse underneath!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  2. What a sweet talented Grandmother Carter has! The dress and skirt are beautiful. My grandmother's sewed for me. I don't have any grandchildren to sew for. P.S. I like your hair too from the post before. I would never attempt to cut my hair but you did a beautiful job. I love your blog. :-)

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  3. These are a really cute wee dress and skirt. I haven't sewn anything since my family were little, I did a lot of sewing back then, and knitting. You have done a really lovely job, lucky Carter.
    Have a nice day.

    Diana

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  4. Carter is so lucky!! Shelia that dress is ADORABLE and yes I LOVE the back!!

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  5. Oh Shelia, that little dress is the cutest thing ever! It's obvious that you are a perfectionist.

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  6. That dress is adorable and I love the way you cut the fabric!

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  7. You're a sweetheart of a Grandma! The little dress is adorable and the fabric print is lovely!!!

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  8. Such a cute little dress and skirt! Love the dress fabric!

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  9. That dress is sheer genius! Love the way you matched up the pattern with the neckline. And I'm with Carter on the skirts. Love them! You are amazing, Miss Seamstress!

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  10. Hi Shelia, what a darling little dress and skirt. Both are very special and perfect for sweet Carter. Love the back of the dress. Isn't that bow too sweet? The skirt is adorable and love the color of both. You are so talented my friend. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, cm

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  11. Darling clothing!
    You did well,
    d

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  12. What a precious sundress!! Love the style and LOVE the fabric, you did it just right!! The skirt is so cute....I used to make the same one the same way for my little girl and she had a ton of them. Sometimes I'd add a ruffle and sometimes a bit of lace peeking under the ruffle. You are having such a good time........xoxoxo

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  13. You did an amazing job with the layout of the dress. I love the way the bodice turned out. Just perfect. The little skirt is fun too. Lucky little lady to have these!

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  14. That's adorable fabric -- love the centered top! Carter is so lucky to have someone who can make such cute things for her!

    Happy weekend!

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  15. Oh isn't this adorable?! Truly a classic pattern and you really made it special with the fabric!

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  16. What a lucky little girl to have such a talented grandma! Love both pieces
    Jeannette

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  17. Just adorable, Shelia! I love that dress with the toile fabric - too, too cute! She could always wear a turtleneck or long sleeved tee underneath it. I do that with some of my own jumpers for work - changing up what kind of top I wear with it.

    If I was any good at sewing clothes from a pattern, I would definitely check out the thrift store. Not only have I donated a few patterns myself {that I never did do}, but our Goodwill has a pretty selection to choose from.

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  18. What a fantastic job you did on the little dress. Love that fabric.

    Judy

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  19. So sweet! I bet Carter looks precious wearing her new dress.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  20. Carter is so lucky to have you. The dress is perfect.

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  21. That blue & white sundress is absolutely adorable, Shelia!

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  22. How proud little Carter must feel when she wears these lovely things her grandma made just for her! Beautiful job...especially on that neckline!

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  23. I love that fabric. It is so pretty. What a pretty little dress. My daughter likes to put long sleeved shirts under Piper's sleeveless dresses so she can wear them year round. Or she wears a little lightweight sweater with them. My daughter said Piper loves wearing skirts now. I'll have to try a little skirt like that for her.

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  24. I love all those cute things. The pattern is so darn cute...wish kids dressed like that again. My daughter used to wear cute little sundresses. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  25. The little dress and the cute skirt are just adorable, Shelia! It is so much fun sewing for little grandgirls, isn't it?

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  26. What a precious little dress! Shelia, that is just the cutest pattern and love the fabric you chose! I love sewing for my granddaughters too, it's so much fun!

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  27. I love that little dress! The fabric is darling and the style (especially the back) so pretty! I used to make most of Ashley's clothes many moons ago, and used patterns from grandmother passed down from the 60's and 70's! A lot of the kids' styles don't really change... they were so cute! And your's are just precious! :) ~Rhonda

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  28. I love that little dress! The fabric is darling and the style (especially the back) so pretty! I used to make most of Ashley's clothes many moons ago, and used patterns from grandmother passed down from the 60's and 70's! A lot of the kids' styles don't really change... they were so cute! And your's are just precious! :) ~Rhonda

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  29. Very sweet dress!! You are so talented!!

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