Sewing for children and grandchildren is a true labor of love.Â But like birthing a baby, some labors are longer and harder than others.Â Always though, the resulting product is worth the effort.
First communion dresses rank right up there with christening gowns in theÂ expenditure Â of labor and love. With the able assistance of her mother, Wanda Stewart, the ensemble that Judy Day createdÂ for her granddaughter Courtney is the result of months of stitching as well asÂ proof positive ofÂ immeasurable grandmotherly love.
TheÂ set grew to include so many items—dress, slip, purse, garment bag, hanger, headpiece andÂ Bible cover.Â Â The many interesting and intricate details will require more than one post, so please come back for theÂ final installment.Â Â Each piece is exquisite, so you won’t want to miss any of it.Â Continue reading
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This dress is just breathtaking.Â Judy Day has been working onÂ it for more than six months–well, on and off for six months, as she dealt with other must-do’s that popped up.Â This is her granddaughter’s 6th birthday dress and Kennedy is just as lovely as the dress!
I’ll let Judy tell you about it.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“I made this dress for Kennedy’s birthday.Â She has been crazy about fish from day one.Â When I saw a picture of a similar dress on Martha Pullen’s weekly e-letter last year, after her event in Arlington, I just knew Kennedy would love it.
The planning took more time than the actual embroidery.Â I tried several different fabrics for the dress overlay.Â Of course, Swiss batiste would have been perfect if it did not require a lot of starch and pressing.Â So I decided on a sheer poly fabric for the easy care.Â I ordered several different ones from www.fabric.com
I knew the underdress would be Imperial broadcloth.Â I searched my stash and did not find a blue that would work.Â When an overlay is put over a color fabric, the color must be a bright, clear color or it looks muddy.Â I ordered 4 yds.of 4 different bue fabrics from Baltazor Fabric Boutique www.baltazor.com ….one can never have too many blues in their stash!
Baltazor’s has wonderful customer service.Â They only had 3 of the blues, so they picked another and then included a 5th at no charge!Â It was one of the fabrics they chose that was perfect.Â The color was clear and bright even with the overlay.Â The overlay gives the dress depth so that some ofÂ the fish look as if they are swimming in the distance. Continue reading
This spectacular sundress was made by my friend Judy for her granddaughter. The pattern, Sunshine on my Shoulders, isÂ from Kari Meccaâ€™s very popular book, Sewing with Whimsy. Judy, of course, varied the embellishments somewhat to suit her personal taste.
The little ladybug button, the pearls and beads she nestled into the rick rack flowers on the bodice as well as on those that hang from the rick rack bow, add to the charm of the rick rack flowers.
The pattern is unfamiliar to me, but whether or not it included an embellished back yoke, Judyâ€™s trim and cluster of flowers make the dress almost as lovely from the rear as it is from the front.
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