Last summer, I happened across a great deal on cute fabric for summer dresses! I tend to buy fabric that I like without a plan. Other trips to the fabric store yielded 4 or 5 patterns; so I was ready to go! Since I
finished was “between” things, I decided to make a couple of sundresses for my little grand daughters; ages 1 and 3. They are moving to a warm climate, summer year round, or as it’s been said – “the land of the eternal sundress!”
Started with the size 4 (they need to grow into these dresses); worked through all the complexities of a Simplicity pattern, #1673. Of course, since I had the pattern and the fabric, all I needed were the notions….and THAT I never buy ahead of time. I finished the size 4 on Saturday, but needed buttons and rick rack. So a trip to Walmart after church was in order. I was going for WHITE rick rack, but tripped over the right “blue”. I put the white away for the next time….save the trip to the store.
I finished it up on Sunday evening, just in time to “show” at Quilt Guild on Monday. (Yea, it’s not a quilt, but they are ok with that! My quilt is still on the hanger – pin basted….waiting for me to machine quilt it…….I needed a bit of a break before tackling it). On Monday after quilt guild, I traced the smaller pattern onto newprint and cut out the size 2. Finished it up today.
Truthfully, the hardest part for me was making “sense” of the pattern instructions. I remember when pattern instructions were “easy” to understand. For me, not so much anymore. (My mother would NEVER buy a Butterick pattern because they were “too hard”). I figured once I finished the size 4, I better do the size 2 right away, while my head was still clear on what the instructions were trying to convey. Honestly, there were a couple of points where I decided to do it “my way”, and I ended up with the same result as they were trying to convey!
I love the buttons I found at Walmart –
No, the orange is not blood, it is transfer paper…I had forgotton
to remove the marks from the pattern….have to read the package on proper method; water, eraser, washing etc.
(Note to self…the WRONG side of the fabric next time you transfer the marks from the pattern to the fabric…..duh….)
Now I need to plan out a matchbox car caddy for the big brother….picked out the fabric….need to think it through before I cut into my fabulous fabric!!
Until next time, stitch straight!