HERE and check it out! While you are there, check out the other 'lost arts', too. The series began on May 20th.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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It is well known in my school that I appreciate old linens, buttons, and bits of lace, etc. Sandra, known to us affectionately as Diva, came to school one day with a package containing eight gorgeous handmade cutwork napkins and gave them to me. They were her mother's napkins but they weren't something that Diva would use but she knew that I would put them to good use. The first thing I made was a little sundress for Diva's granddaughter Aurora. I had the perfect floral fabric to go with them: Le Jardin Birds N Butterflies by Susan Winget. I used Portabello Pixie's Petal Knot Dress for the pattern in a size 3.
|Aurora's Heritage Dress Back|
|A little closer look at the wonderful handwork.|
Are there any beautiful napkins or hankies hidden away in your closets? Perhaps you might want to take them out and fashion something new out of something old! Have fun!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
|Grace in the church courtyard.|
|Grace receiving Communion.|
|Grace and her grandmother, Marylou Brennan, light a prayer candle after the service.|
|Grace and her daddy.|
|Allison and John, Grace and little sister Kate. Little brother Jack didn't want to be photographed. He's three. No other explanation needed.|
|Me with both Grace and Kate. (Kate's dress details can be found here.)|
Monday, May 20, 2013
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I recently had the privilege of making Grace Carmen a special gift: her First Communion dress. Grace was in my kindergarten class two years ago and is the oldest of three children. Her parents are very involved with our school and volunteer in their children's classes as well as on our PTA. Her dad heads our All Pro Dads events each month. Her little sister Kate is in my kindergarten class this year. I made Kate the Birds and Butterflies dress I made for my first Project Run and Play sew-along entry earlier this year. (See it here.)
Grace is a bright and beautiful little girl with very definite opinions on what she should wear. When it was time to decide what this very special dress should look like, I didn't sit down with Grace's mother to design it. I sat down with Grace.
|Our sketch. I measured both Grace and Kate so both are on this paper. So as not to confuse myself, I highlighted Grace's measurements.|
As you can see, I faithfully followed the design we came up with together. Grace is a small, very slender child. The bodice was made twice! The sleeves, too. Even with the measurements and carefully tracing the pattern (basic square yoke) on the lines to accommodate her size, the first bodice I made was too wide and two short. I ended up drafting my own bodice and adapting the sleeve pattern I had to fit. Making those pieces took me longer to draft than I care to admit! I so admire those who regularly draft their children's clothing!
The back of the dress has a five button closure, Swiss trim sash keepers, and a lace placket. I know that no one can see the lace placket but I know it is there!
Another view of the dress showing just how long it is.
Grace and her family were very pleased with the dress and that made me very happy! I attended the First Communion service and loved seeing Grace in her special dress. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera! Grace's mommy has emailed me a few of the photos they took. I'll post pictures of Grace in the dress soon, after they have been resized, etc.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I Will Be a Guest Blogger!
Jenn at ajennuinelife.com has asked me to do a guest spot on her blog series featuring Lost Arts of Sewing. What an honor! Even with all the end of the year activities and events at school and for my graduating son, I couldn't refuse! This will be my first guest spot on another blog! I knew that I wanted to do something with smocking but I chose an old technique that doesn't require a pleater. In this way those of you who have thought you might like to try this needle art will need nothing except needle and thread. The series starts on Monday, May 20th. My post will air on http://www.ajennuinelife.com/ on Friday, May 24th. I hope you will check out my post and all the guest bloggers for the series.