Katy of No Big Dill has begun a new sewing series that is just 'right up my alley' as a kindergarten teacher. She is 'sewing up the alphabet' this year and has invited us to do the same and link to her blog about it on Sept. 6, 2013 (HERE). She made the most beautiful dress for her niece with a subtle 'arrow' on the skirt for the Letter A that is simply stunning. I couldn't wait to begin sewing!
Over the past two weeks, on my long drive to and from school, I have been fantasizing, mentally designing, and sewing dozens of outfits for this series. Alas, I have sewn next to nothing. In my head there is a pants outfit with ants embroidered on it carrying food away and another with hand embroidered redwork animals. In my head....that is as far as I got.
So... I have resorted to going through pictures of things that I have made in the past that I have not shared in detail on this blog, searching for things that fit Katy's theme. I found plenty of apple themed dresses but I shared them in a post HERE. Finally I found this little baby outfit that I named 'Autumn Frolic'.
The fabric reminds me of watercolor autumn flowers and I just fell in love with it when I bought it a few years before I actually cut into it. Let's just say that I was 'saving' it for this project. This little Autumnal ensemble was made for gorgeous Natalie back in 2008. Her grandmother had commissioned me to make several little outfits for Natalie, her first grandchild.
I used a Children's Corner pattern called "Hilary" in a size one knowing that it ran big and would be more like a size 18 months. I decided to add a little smocking and loved how the fabric pleated up. It was 'busy' already so I just did a simple cable and wave pattern without any extra embroidery.
Although it is still VERY hot and humid here in my part of Florida, the colors in this dress are making me think of cooler weather and the coming season. It is also making me hungry for my husband's favorite pie, pumpkin! I think I'll make one as a surprise for him today.
Something to ponder:
"Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness,
and a home to the stranger.
Be a breath of life on the body of humankind,
dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility."
From a Baha'i Prayer for Peace