Happy 2017 to you all! I hope yours was the merriest Christmas and holiday season ever because the Ferguson family’s surely was.
I can’t help but rant on and on ad nauseum about our holiday activities and good times, so for those who prefer to stay on topic, which would be SEWING, I will save those details for after the sewing news. But we really had some great fun and you might glean an idea or two for your family gatherings.
At Thanksgiving, almost 4 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose asked me to please make her another “kitty cat” outfit. Then as she walked in the door for Christmas, she again pleaded with this wrapped-around-her-little-finger Nana for another kitty cat dress. Please!
After the Too Many Cats dress cat-astrophe, I thought maybe I could talk her into trading the too big, too worn out and too ugly dress for another better one. Having this fabric on hand and my go-to CC Lucy pattern at the ready, I worked on it for two evenings after she went to sleep. Voila’! A new and improved version of kitty cat dress, though I wish I had taken time to lay out the front so the Eiffel Tower was centered.
The pocket is not piped. I’ve taken to substituting spaghetti bias for piping. It is simply butted up to the attached pocket and secured with a tiny zig zag and monofilament thread. Cover the raw edges with a button. Easy peasy.
The good news? Vivian Rose loved it, though she did say that the pockets were too small. She knew she couldn’t fit in her little hand and a big fat chocolate donut. Granddad ALWAYS has a box of Dunkin Donuts on the counter for easy access. And he replaces it daily when he goes for his early morning hot latte. He figures they can eat healthy at home.
The bad news? No way would she give up Too Many Cats, now demoted to Second Favorite Dress. Oh, well. It has been laundered 2-3 times a week since Sept. 1 so how much longer can it last? Maybe a while…. the fabric is such good quality.
The boys wanted to sew (read “embroider”) as soon as they arrived. Alastair, 7, yo, is quite competent at threading and running my Brother Quattro machine. Continue reading