Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sewing Again

 Finally back to sewing and two dresses for Ella are now finished.  
Here is the first one made with a Mary Giggles pattern that leaves much to be desired.  At Creations, the local quilt store, they had made this dress several times and i loved the combinations of fabric. Here the green is Tutti Fruitti a seersucker fabric, the bodice is a piece of fabric from my stash originally intended to be the lining.   It  just matched it so well I preferred it.  So the bodice is lined with the skirt band fabric.


I just had to show the details and covered buttons.






This is the second dress; skirt is turquoise seersucker and the top is a leftover cat fabric from some shorts that i HAD to use.  



The bottom hem is a  black and white piping above a band of black fabric with pink spots, made to pick up 3 of the colors in the cat fabric.

I appliqu├ęd the cats onto the skirt as the plain, well was too plain and the kitties are darling.  Below is detail of the covered buttons.


Now on to a trial pair of shorts in a blue linen found in my stash.  Since surgery my buns appear to have descended so new pattern required.  Do you know how hard it is to find a shorts pattern for a woman over 25 who does not want a dropped waist and crotch exposed?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sewing with a friend

My friend Kay wanted to make a dress.  She has not sewn in many years and so i offered to help her.  The catch was she had to come to my house and use my machine and learn to cut with a rota cutter.  She settled on a skirt pattern from Simplicity that was for beginners with excellent print instructions http://www.simplicity.com/p-5383-misses-skirts.aspx.   We are almost finished.  It was so much fun and a wonderful chance for me to review how it should be done, especially that zipper.  I always use elastic for the waist.  Kay happens to fit the pattern perfectly so no alterations.  Here it is with just the hem to be finished.