Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Sewing

Finally I have been getting some sewing time. Of course, I have also had house cleaning time, errand time, and Emmasitting time. Yes, I am on Spring Break! Yahoo!!

First, I made the little Emma a dress. This is the "practice" dress for her Easter dress. It's a bit big, so I'm glad I made a practice first.
I used McCalls 5791. Making Baby clothes is a lot like making doll clothes. Lots of little curves and places that don't fit easily under the presser foot. And even though I bought on sale fabric for this dress, by the time I bought bias tape, a zipper, elastic and thread, the dress was over $25.00. Baby clothes are so inexpensive in comparison, it would have been cheaper to buy it. But then, it wouldn't be hand made with love! (not to mention one of a kind)

Of course the dress has cute little matching panties and a headband. I made a headband out of each fabric just for fun. Since Emma is pretty much bald, she wears a lot of headbands and bows!

As I went though my enormous fabric stash, I found that I had NOTHING that I wanted to use to make an Easter dress for myself. In fact, I realized I have very few spring-like fabrics. The few that I do have are earmarked for a couple of other projects. So, after a trip to JoAnns, I decided to pull out what I do have and plan some spring sewing. I have a few more wintery things ready to go, but I think our winter weather is over!

Here you see fabric for (top to bottom, a jacket to go with a skirt I finished last week, my Easter dress, another spring dress (which will be used to practice for the Easter dress)some lining, Emma's Easter dress, a blouse, and a reversible skirt for my trip to Africa. I hope I get a lot of sewing done this week, but I also have a lot of plans.

Monday Nick and I are going to get our shots for the trip and I'm looking forward to spending time with him for the day. On Tuesday I'm helping a dear friend alter her mother-of -the-groom dress and doing some paper work. Wednesday a group of us are taking off for an all day trip to the Gilroy outlet center. That doesn't leave a lot of time for sewing and all the other stuff I have to get done. I must go into work at least 1/2 day, but I'm already pushing that out of my mind!!
Oh, and here's the little darling. I can't believe she's already 5 months old!