I took a mini-vacation from sewing for a week while 3 of my grandkids were visiting. They are so active and busy during their visits that sewing is not an option. (My sewing space is not “kid safe” currently with all the excess stuff I have from 2nd Time Around and my friend June’s sewing room stuff).
I am usually up around 6 am, and shortly after getting up, the youngest is awake and we get 15 or 20 minutes of time together before the household is up and moving. She wanted to pick out fabric for 2 dresses and we did get a few minutes of time to do that. She likes to touch the fabric and make combinations that please her 6 year old eye! I also got out my bin of kids patterns and she selected a pattern for her second dress. We were “too busy” to sew while they were here.
Our week was full of adventures. We rode bikes at a nearby state park one morning and had a picnic. Another day we got together with their cousin & aunt for a some beach fun. Their aunt brought pizza for dinner one night. We went to her house to play and swim one day. Lots of great time with play time with cousins. I hope they were building memories!! Of course, playtime with remote control cars and Grandpa, and bike riding at home. We went to an evening concert at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and enjoyed another picnic. Every afternoon there was time spent in the pool to cool off and relax. My daughter and Grandpa and I enjoyed floating around watching the kids splash and play. All that time at the YMCA over the winter has made them into great swimmers. Swim lessons for kids really built their confidence. The 2 oldest kids figured out how to use snorkels and had fun staying “underwater”.
Hopefully they had a good week of fun, and my daughter enjoyed a little break from her normal household responsibilities etc. She, of course, still had to “mother”, but not worry about meals and chores and the boxes that still need unpacked for a few days. We enjoyed lots of time to visit too.
Once they headed home, I went to my sewing room to work on the 2 dresses. The patterns were chosen for each dress already, and I very easily constructed the sundress . This was the 4th time I have made this pattern, by BURDA,# 9994, this summer and it went together in a few hours. I spent as much time tracing the pattern to a size 5 on butcher paper as I did cutting out the dress! I know have the pattern traced in a size 3 & 5, and the original goes from 18 months to size 8. Too bad summer is nearly done, as I have this pattern down!!!!
I was ready to put the buttonholes and buttons on at the end of the first round of sewing late Friday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon I did buttons and buttonholes and the dress was finished.
I had to give it a good wash (to get my chalk marks off the back where the button holes are), and it is ready to pop in the mail. I will do that this morning! This granddaughter turned 6 while she was here, and I know she will enjoy getting her dress “in the mail”.
The second dress has taken me quite a bit more time. It has a collar and sleeves, and calls for a zipper.
Granddaughter chose dress B in the lower left corner. I traced that pattern into a size 5 on butcher paper on Saturday, and got everything cut out. On Sunday I started to work through the directions, making the collar, the sleeves and the bodice. I learned about “easing” stitches for the sleeves. I love how full the skirt is with all the gathering.
I still have to shop for the right zipper to go into the dress, and dig in the trim bin for the trim around the waist. I have lots of zippers, but nothing appropriate. I have it nearly finished with the exception of the hem and zipper and the trim. I am TERRIBLE about reading patterns, and had to “redo” the sleeves. Thankfully I had plenty of fabric. I think she made a fun combination of fabrics. She wanted contrast, and she got it! Hey, when you are 6, you can mix plaids and stripes, right? 🙂 I think the 2 prints are cute. I would not have chosen them to coordinate, but she liked it!
I didn’t get a chance to work on the dress on Monday. I spent my morning with my youngest daughter and granddaughter, taking a 6 mile bike ride at the beach, followed up by a ride north to pick up some fabric for 2nd Time Around and a long nap!
Before dinner I did a little “tidying up” in my sewing room so I could get near my embroidery machine. My sewing desk was buried under dress patterns, and batik strips and sundress fabrics. I can now “see the top” of the desk. An hour well spent putting patterns away, labeling folders and pattern boxes, and putting batik strips in a basket. (Yes, the placemats are still a work in progress…of course…another UFO).
I needed to stitch out a couple of “die-line” files for Embroidery Club today, and get my “gear” packed for going today. I have “minimized” how much I am taking, but did throw in a couple of extra pieces of fabric, and 5 extra spools embroidery thread. We are doing an Embroidery Library “in the hoop” key chain project and I will write about it once I get it done.
The rest of the week is pretty busy with Material Girls Bee on Wednesday, and an afternoon of sewing at the Assisted Living Center on Thursday, and 2nd Time Around on Friday morning, along with lunch and swimming with the ladies on Friday afternoon. I am hoping to finish this dress before Saturday morning when we head over to the DC metro area for that 6 year old’s big birthday bash! (Debating a bike ride on Wednesday evening or sewing……hmmmm) Deadline is looming on this one!
Hope you are staying cool during the hot days of August and finding time to sew or enjoy other summer time activities with family and friends. Do tell what you are working on, and if you have any good tips for installing zippers in garments!! (I think I failed zippers in home-ec in 1969…)