I hope you all had a joyful Easter. We had a beautiful weekend-long celebration with a houseful of laughing adult children and grandchildren. Our daughter, Rebecca, her family and our son Ryan’s family were here. He is a pilot and, sadly, was unable join us. We’re happy that he loves his work, but we miss him at so many family gatherings.
Friday night, while taking a break from my sewing, I made more than 100 little raisin bread/cream cheese/jelly sandwiches for Saturday’s Bunny Lunch at church. My dear, helpful husband sat with me and cut away the crusts from 5 loaves while I spread the filling. The sandwiches were topped with cream cheese carrots sprinkled with a little orange sugar which pleased the children.
Tie design from is Linnie Pinnie, with single bunny extracted from Bernina’s Warm Wishes from Ingrid collection.
Children’s Corner Katina pattern. Extra buttons were added so the strap length could be easily adjusted when the dress is tried on. If not needed, the upper MOP buttons will be removed.
With its cheerful colors and simple design, this dress just makes me smile. The combination of Liberty of London tanna lawn, blue gingham checks, and yellow whipstitch piping seems to chirp predictions of happy days filled with warm sunshine, blue skies, and colorful flowers.
A bit of smocking front and back makes Katina just the sort of cute and comfortable frock I’d like my 14 month old granddaughter to wear all summer long.
I’d like to have added a cute hairbow to the ensemble but Vivian Rose has expressed a very strong dislike for anything on her head—except for strawberries and other food she rubs in. Sigh…
Of course, a pair of ruffle bottom bloomers was needed to finish the outfit. The edges of the 2 1/2″ wide ruffles are serged with a 3 thread rolled edge, using wooly nylon in the upper looper.
LESSON: Haste makes waste…or dissatisfaction with a rushed project.
After my idle hospital stay, I was desperate to stitch. But I was restricted for another week from driving or using my sewing machine, specifically from using the foot pedal. As soon as I was home, I grabbed up the supplies for the daygown that I had planned while hospitalized and rushed to cut it out and begin smocking.
Pleater use was allowed, but I could not sew up the shoulder seams. Ah, but I had heard about seamless pleating. That should work. Continue reading