One FF Cat with One Finally Finished UFO

FF (formerly feral) Rusty with CC Jane for Vivian Rose

FF (formerly feral) Rusty with FF (finally finished)  CC Jane for Vivian Rose


This little outfit has been sitting at the back of my cutting table for almost a year now.  Why?  Because after embroidering the tricycle I thought a lighter pink applique fabric would have looked better.  I got as far as cutting out another front, but never got to the re-embroidery.  So it sat. Until last week.


allegria bodice

Children’s Corner Jane, one of my go-to-patterns for wiggly Vivian Rose, with an added angel sleeve ruffle. The pattern is so simple, perfect for embellishing one way or another.

When I took it outside to photograph because the lighting is so much better, my ever-loving, always-seeking-affection feline fella Rusty jumped into a pot of geraniums to be near me.  It was a cat photobomb. But I  just kept shooting as sunset was approaching.

Some readers might remember this photo of grandson Alastair with kitten Rusty, who was discovered with his recently feral mama in our old vacant chicken house.  That was in an earlier post, Sew Lucky, Sew Beautiful, .

Alastair and tiny Rusty kitten

Grandson Alastair is wearing his Big Brother shirt and holding tiny Rusty.   Mama Alina is keeping close to her kitten. He never was camera shy.


A most unusual cat, he has grown up to be as social, loving and attentive as any dog we’ve had.


Rusty tail w dress

Finally, Rusty left in a huff because there was none of his usual lovin’ to be had. So I was able to get a shot of the embroidered skirt.


skirt emb

The trike is Vivian’s dream transportation to pre-shool.  The post and sign were extracted from other designs in my design library.  The tricycle applique’ is from Linnie Pinnie.


The road is simply a folded piece of bias, stitched in place with the raw edge toward the embroidery.  Then the fold was pressed up to cover the raw edge and stitched in place.

It was designed to appease then 2 yo Vivian Rose’s envy of her  5 year old brother.  Alastair joyfully rode to kindergarten every morning on the back of his father’s bicycle.  And every morning Vivian stood at the end of the driveway wistfully waving goodbye.   She desperately wanted to ride her tricycle to pre-school.   Of course, that wasn’t going to happen.  So I hoped the embroidery on this Children’s Corner  Jane   would allow her an imaginary ride to that destination.

After nearly a year, I decided that a too-bright pink trike was better than no trike and no outfit, so last week I finished it, complete with bloomers.

I have a few more UFO’s that need to move off my heavy laden cutting table and be finished.  Do you ever do that–leave a project unfinished because it could be better?

P.S.  This comment just came in so I thought others might have the same question. “Janice, I was researching this pattern and notice you added that extra gathered fabric over the sleeve. Were the instructions for that on the pattern? If not, would you share how you did that? Thanks!”

No, Carol, the instructions were not in the pattern. Years ago, Elizabeth Travis Johnson taught that to make any puff sleeve bishop into a ruffle sleeve, cut just above where the armhole curve begins. Most bishop patterns have a J shaped armhole curve, straight from the neck and then curved.  I’ve always just cut there when I want a ruffle sleeve. Jane, however, has a slanted armhole curve. So I just traced it and picked a random length for the ruffle. I make it a tad longer if the sleeve will have a very narrow trim, or shorter with a wider trim. It’s all pretty much “whatever” Bishops and Jane are very adaptable to creative interpretation. This photo shows how I “drafted” (and I use that term loosely!)the sleeve ruffle.

CC Jane ruffle sleeve

16 responses to “One FF Cat with One Finally Finished UFO

  1. Mina Kelly

    very, very cute!…and the dress is darling too! lol!

  2. Thanks, Mina. You must be a cat lover like me. Three orange tabby feral cats lived in the woods across the street. I fed them for some time but often the bear or raccoons shooed them away before they were done eating. Finally, I lured them across the street, then into the fenced goat yard, and at last into the goat barn where they had shelter and food twice a day while I stood watch. And it was a constant battle with the adorable raccoons who dined along with the cats if I didn’t stay. Then when it got especially cold we managed to move them into the garage where they are snug in Bob’s workshop with polar fleece lined baskets and a space heater. They follow me around the yard as I garden or hang clothes on the line. We love these cats and they love us back. Now the dogs have finally accepted that the cats are family and don’t chase them into the garage through their kitty door.

  3. from Martha Pullen Forum: Adorable little dress…and a pretty cute cat as well! Thanks, Janice.

  4. from Martha Pullen forum: So cute, all of the CC patterns are adorable to me. Your kitty looks just like mine except mine has a black and pink freckled nose instead of all pink. His mom was a gray tabby and that comes out as freckles on his eyelids, lips, and nose. I’ve never seen another orange cat with his oddities.

  5. What unusual markings your cat has! I love the variety of coats, markings, faces and everything unique about cats. Unfortunately, both of our children and two grandchildren are very allergic to cats, so our sweet kitties can not come inside. They jump up on the window ledges and gaze in at us so pitifully. They want to be house cats.

  6. I have several projects like that now — can’t quite get them right. Would love to know when you are having another CLOSET SALE! I always miss them and would love to be able to purchase some. Keep sewing! I love your blog.

  7. Karen, it seems I always want to change one or two things on a project. But I’m trying not to let it stop me from finishing. I AM going to whittle that pile down–hope you have some success with yours. BTW, there was a big sale just two weeks or so ago and there are still several items left. Check here I’d love to send those things to a new home.

  8. from Martha Pullen forum: Love the little road! Such a cute outfit.

  9. from Martha Pullen forum: What a cheerful outfit! I see your cat photo bombed your picture.

  10. from Martha Pullen forum: That’s just darling–as are ALL of your gorgeous creations!!!

  11. from M.Pullen Forum: So cute, all of the CC patterns are adorable to me. Your kitty looks just like mine except mine has a black and pink freckled nose instead of all pink. His mom was a gray tabby and that comes out as freckles on his eyelids, lips, and nose. I’ve never seen another orange cat with his oddities.

  12. from MP forum: Adorable little dress…and a pretty cute cat as well! Thanks, Janice.

  13. from MP forum: What a darling little outfit! And who doesn’t like cats?!

  14. Love the dress, the story behind the kitty, and the fun trike!

  15. Thanks, Mari. I sometimes wonder if I should stick to sewing only and leave out the personal chit chat. So I’m happy to hear that you didn’t mind. Your comment is really appreciated. Anyway, Rusty would not let me take that photo without him.

  16. I am making you spa wrap for my granddaughters, and would like to use the font where the jelly beans were replaced with hearts. Where can I find this font?
    Thank you in advance,

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