Something for Summer Grace~

 

 

We have another little girl coming into our world in early August. Her shower is this week so I made another little dress.
This is my version of Simplicity 3509 ..  I basically used the pattern for the main body for the front and back and the sleeves.   Then I kind of constructed it as I saw it in my mind.. I used the medium or large size in order to have enough room to do french seams, pin tucks,pleats and a decent size hem.

 

 ~neckline and front details… the fit is loose and the dress can be adjusted with the ribbons at the sleeves and the neckline with  gingham ribbon. 

  ~ I love love love the picot crochet edging.

  

    ~ my pin tucks are much better on this dress.. I am much happier with these.

   ~back view of the dress, it is just as pretty to me as the front.

   

 ~matching bloomers and crocheted Mary Janes…. seriously cute, I LOVE these little Mary Jane’s!  I used a pattern from this book. I did my own version of the strap and finishing. It took a few times to figure it out my way because the way the book does it just did not do it for me. I am much happier now.

  ~ little bloomer’s!

   ~ a little bonnet just to complete the outfit. 

I can not help but to think this little girl will look like an angel.  I have had so much fun sewing these dresses.  It is my version of  heirloom sewing.. just a baby step into that arena.   It has inspired me to learn much more about this art form.  I only wish I could have started this when my girls were much younger.

Isn’t that the way it goes, who has the time then?  I really don’t have time now, but it is funny what you make time for when your motivated and inspired.  I am always looking for new ways to create, it does a body good!   We have no shortage of babies at my work, and I am hoping for a niece or nephew one day….

Something for Emerson…

A little girl is soon to be born, a little party for her is being planned for later in the week.  With this in mind I made this~  (weird lighting)

I am pretty pleased with this little dress..    

Not sure what is up with the lighting!!

  I started out with Simplicity dress pattern 3509 , I used the dress and sleeve portion of the pattern. From there, I went out on my own. Honestly I hated hated this pattern, and I hated the yoke. I don’t know what the deal is, but I could not get it. Which is fine because I intended to change it up anyway. I gathered the neckline in attempts to make more of a squared neckline. That went ok, I added the pin tucks. Love that.   I added the entredeux to neckline and each sleeve.  I did a picot crochet trim on each sleeve. I really love picot.     For the neckline I did another trim from Samantha of The Handmade Dress.. (love her work, very very inspiring.) I added the pink ribbon, back pleats and a dainty little button with a crochet closure just to ensure there is a way to adjust the fit.

 I used my Dritz hem makerfor the hem, and what a difference that was. Perfect hem.   I also made the matching diaper cover-up thingy ~  ~ I really love the pink seersucker fabric I used.  I couldn’t help but to put a touch of embroidery on the center chest. A bonnet and booties are in the works..

  I think I am overall ok to give this gift. I see a lot of places that are not perfect. I am still on a steep learning curve. However, I will try not to be too critical and harsh of my work.   It was made with warm thoughts and so many well wishes for a new little being yet to live her little life.  Sometimes you just have to relax and let it be…   Right?

 

Ok, but I think I need to do a little something on the top of the tucks… that  little area is making me crazy… maybe embroidered x’s ? going across the top of the pin tucks?   Yes, yes, must let it go…?