Inspired by Kari Mecca’s Whimsy classes. Sorry for the boring picture but it was raining outside and this was the best I could do.
I’m still reeling with ideas from Kari Mecca’s classes at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo ’15. Fortunately, while there I had stocked up on spaghetti bias, so I was ready to go full steam ahead on this dress and a matching one for and AG doll.
The ladybug button just tickled me. I was especially happy to find a tiny bug button for the doll dress.
I started with a Simplicity pattern but wish I had found one without a yoke. It left precious little room for the applique’ and I doubt the rick rack would have fit even if I had thought about it. Also, I find the separation of bodice to skirt distracting, even with the coordinating lime green whipstitch piping. Oh well. Continue reading
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Marie Grace is getting ready to sew. She has Mildred Turner’s book, Mimi’s Machine Magic for reference, patterns to study, fabric and lace swatches to audition and her dress form ready for fitting. She’ll soon need a cup of tea.
The Custom Keepsakes Sweet Dreams sundress that I finished this weekend made my 7 year-old granddaughter very happy. The skirt is made of Liberty of London tana lawn and, like her Nana, Laurel looooooves Liberty. She can’t wait for her matching dress to be finished.
I selected a Liberty print that was small enough to be proportional to the doll. As Laurel browsed pictures of some of the other dresses/nightgowns in the collection, she declared that she would like one of each, please. As quickly as these are to sew, I might just stitch all six.
American Girls doll Marie Grace wore the dress to 6 year-old Robert’s football game and received a lot of attention from the sisters of several players.
This garment was a real pleasure to make. Of course, because the bodice and pockets are made in the hoop with heavy water soluble stabilizer, it was quick and easy. Kathy recommends Vilene WSS but I didn’t have any on hand and used Sulky’s Super Solvy with very good results. Continue reading
4 pink beauties
Judy Day never ceases to amaze me with her breathtaking creations and the vast number of projects she designs and completes. Her grandchildren are so incredibly fortunate. And it sounds like at the tender ages of 6 and 7, they have begun to recognize the beauty of the garments Judy makes for them.
Here is Judy’s story about her perfectly pink Christmas:
These dresses were in my mind years before I ever put needle to fabric. I saw this dress in the Sept./Oct. 2000 issue of Creative Needle…now that I look at the date, it was before the girls were born!
Kennedy with her matching AG doll
When I see a magazine article I really like, it goes on the corner of my cutting table for future ideas. Continue reading