Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chloe's Autumn Mix & Match Wardrobe

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Project Run and Play has some wonderful inspiration for this season's themes!  I had so many ideas for this week's challenge "I Am an Autumn"  that I couldn't stop at just one 'look'.  I decided to make my friend Kaye's little Chloe a 'mix and match' wardrobe.  Planning this set reminded me so much of the mix and match sets for Barbie and Midge that I would save my allowance to buy back in the early 60's.  This was fun!  There are five pieces to show you here but there were seven pieces planned.  Unfortunately, one blouse and one skirt didn't get finished in time for the challenge.  They will be completed and shared in another post.
Two blouses, two pairs of shorts, and an heirloom skirt were completed and we had a little photo session this evening.  Now shorts may not be Autumn attire in most of the country but I assure you that here in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida, it is still HOT and will continue to be for a long while yet.  The shorts will get lots of wear!
Peasant blouse (Simplicity) and 'walking' shorts from the book Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca.
The color isn't true here.  The green is better in the other photos. I was gifted this bottom weight fabric so I can't tell you where to find it.  It has some polyester and holds a crease beautifully.  
Tatted medallions were given to me by a friend as was the lace attached to the hem and sleeves.  The buttons were also given to me by other people.  I have been the fortunate recipient of many people's family button boxes. 

In the next picture, Chloe models her Autumn Heirloom Skirt with the floral peasant blouse.

The skirt is made from an antique all hand-stitched square tablecloth that I found in an antique store.  It is an ivory color and was a great match to the various ivory laces in my stash.  I cut the cloth in half and sewed the halves together to make a skirt that is approximately 66 inches around.  I lined the skirt with white cotton and attached two inch wide ivory French lace to the bottom of the lining so that it would show below the skirt.

I wove three stands of DMC floss in the hem stitching of the skirt and attached green glass leaves, yellow glass flower beads, and tiny red and gold beads to the design hand embroidered by a long ago needle artist.  

A pretty vintage button to go over her belly button to help Chloe keep the skirt on straight.

The lace attached to the lining.
Here Chloe is wearing the skirt with the second blouse:  a mottled ivory cotton embellished with some hand embroidery (by me) and the same two inch French lace used for the skirt.  I used the Class Picnic Blouse by Oliver + S with some length removed from the sleeves and hem to accommodate the wide lace and shorten the sleeves a bit.  I also added two inches to the fullness of the skirt portion of the blouse in both the back and the front.  
She is such a sweetheart!

Hand embroidery and whip-stitch piping.
Full of personality!
Just the right amount of sassy, too!

The ivory blouse is paired with a pair of cranberry shorts made using the same pattern as the green ones but with a self drafted wavy cuff and bias binding.  There are little acorns and leaves in the print.

A little hand embroidered squirrel.

Chloe is such a pleasure to sew for!  She was also a pleasure to teach.  She was in my kindergarten class last year.

Chloe is a little sister to two much older siblings and the big sister to the little cutie in the last photo.  What is it about boys and sticks?!  Hudson turned one last month and is a busy, busy little fellow.  This was the least blurry of all the photos I took of him!

Thank you for reading all the way to the end of this very long post!  
May your day be filled with blessings!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A "Doggies" Outfit For Preschool

Something special for sweet Kayla!

I made this little outfit for my friend's little girl last September (2015) when she started preschool at 3 years old. 

I used some fabrics from my stash and a purchased knit collared shirt.  I hand embroidered a little dog in simple stem stitch, satin stitch, and little granitos. I outlined the collar in a red running stitch and changed out the buttons (stitched with red floss).

Doggy hand embroidery:  a Pinterest find.
No pattern was used for the skirt but I hemmed the bottom with ribbon on the right side of the fabric.

The little dog button is from a collection that must be over 70 years old that was given to me by a friend. 
The buttons were her mother's.

I really loved seeing this on Kayla when I would see her with her classmates on the playground.  It has gotten too small for her now.  I guess I will just have to get busy and make another outfit! 

Blessings to all who read this blog! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oliver + S + Pokemon = Project Run & Play

Leave it to Project Run & Play to entice me to blog again! 

This season's themes are charming but the Pokemon theme won me over.  One of my favorite little people to sew for (Miss Chloe) was having a Pokemon themed sixth birthday and I had already decided to make her a little outfit as a gift.  It didn't matter that I am so out of touch with this Pokie craze that I had no clue what they looked like because her mother showed me a picture of a Pokemon ball cake and I thought:  applique'!  

Oliver + S Swing Set Skirt Size 5 (Size 6 length)
Oliver + S Halter Top sans ruffles Size 5-6


I had something completely different planned using the Oliver + S "Ice Cream" pattern but Kaye, Chole's mom, wanted something more contemporary and cool.  September in Florida is still VERY hot! Kaye stretches my more traditional thinking and I think this little outfit was just perfect for the birthday activities  and the weather (with black gymnastic shorts underneath).

I used I used a black/white polka dot bottom weight for the skirt hemmed with red ribbon (a la the O + S Lazy Days Skirt).  It was a left over piece from Kaye's class bulletin board!  The top was made with some soft and lovely blouse weight white/black mini dot I had in my stash, trimmed with ribbon and red rick rack.

The applique was a bit stiff due to the white having to be two layers to avoid dotted show through of the skirt fabric.

I love the construction of this skirt that is completely lined.
Chloe in action trying to catch those little creatures.

Happy Sixth Birthday precious girl!

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Luncheon Tea For Jana

 "Friendship is the golden thread that ties the hearts of all the world."  John Evelyn 

I use this silver-plated teapot a lot to hold bouquets.  It looks particularly nice with roses (my favorite flower).  I found this lid-less pot at a garage sale and knew it would look lovely once polished!

I am blessed with special people in my life.  I met Jana back in 1967 when we were both freshmen in high school.  We became good friends the following year and each year has brought us closer together.  She is my heart-sister.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her!  Although she lives in Georgia, we try to see each other once or twice a year.  Her last visit here was in the spring of 2014.

Jana and me at the beach just before sunset, spring 2014.  It was chilly!
 Jana is my 'tea guru'.  She has taught classes on the history of tea, organized tea tastings, and hosted countless tea parties over the years.  When she was here last time, my daughter, Victoria-Rose and I prepared a small tea party for Jana and my sister, Kathleen.  We used a tea set that I have had since 1977 that was purchased at an estate sale.  It was made in Japan and is hand-painted Noritake.  I have looked for more pieces every time I enter an antique store to no avail.  Our water glasses are from the 1930's and are etched with wheat and flower sprays, another vintage find from a Hospice Resale Shoppe.

Table set with vintage dishes, glassware, and silverware.
 The tea goodies that day:

  • Fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil on toasted baguette slices
  • Egg salad on pumpernickel
  • Curried chicken salad on croissants 
  • Mini orange cranberry muffins
  • Cake (I can't remember what cake I made!)

The silverware is a family heirloom passed on to me by my dad and step-mom.  It is Danish Princess by Holmes and Edwards.  Most of the large set was my Mickey's (step-mother) grandparents' silverware and is engraved with the initial of their last name.  Mickey used to host dinner parties for more than 20 people so she hunted in antique stores until she had collected more than enough for her parties.  I think of her and my father every time I use these pieces.

Jana shares a special bond with both my children.  They consider her their aunt and love spending time with her.  We are all lucky to have her in our lives!

We all love you, Jana!

Jana & V-R
When a friend looks out a window of your life, 
she sees the same world you do.
Your happiness is her happiness.
Your success is her success.

Such a friend is the best sort to have.
Every good thing multiples
when it is shared by two 
with the same heart.

 Treasured Friends by Sandra Kuck and Heather Harpeham Kopp

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunshine Yellow Flowers & Sundress

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. 
 You make me happy when skies are gray."
Jimmie Davis, credited song writer

We have had some very rainy weather here in Florida and I have been craving some golden sunshine!  My photo archives have come to my rescue with some cheerful yellow flowers and a little dress I made for a sweet little girl a year ago.  I also did a little internet search on the color yellow, as well.  Did you know that yellow is the happiest color?  It also stimulates the nervous system and activates memory.

I read somewhere a long time ago that every garden should have a splash of yellow.  My garden has several 'splashes'!  I know that they always make me smile.
Yellow flower photographs taken by me.  The five petaled flower in the middle on the right grows wild in my garden.  It is often called Beach Buttercup.

 The little sundress was fashioned from a vintage crocheted pillowcase and a vintage hankie.  I used one of my 'go to' sundress patterns:  Madora's Sundress & Jumper by Beaucoup.  It is an old (1985) pattern but it can still be purchased online.  I was so happy that my stash of vintage hankies yielded the perfect hankie with the same type variegated crochet thread as the pillowcase.

May you have a 'Yellow Day' filled with positive, affirming and creative thoughts!

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