Summer is in full swing and I am sad to say that I haven’t done much sewing. The past three weeks have been full of Vacation Bible School, Art Camp, and (sadly) strep throat! Fortunately the strep only got to me and my little ones were spared the horrendous sore throat. Every night (tonight is no exception) I think, “tomorrow will be the day for much sewing!” However, tomorrow turns into trips to the library, helping little ones with reading, running to violin lessons, or Bible study, or a play date (for the children). I LOVE it! But, my mind always drifts to the sewing project that I am itching to start or finish.
I am trying my best to give my blog my all, but how do you blog about sewing when you haven’t *ahem* actually done any sewing? You blog about all of the projects you did when there was no blog! Perhaps that is the only sewing satisfaction I can get this summer. If you can’t sew, you can at least talk about sewing!
Itty Bitty Baby Dress
I found this pattern on Made by Rae several years ago and had to wait two years until I finally had a friend who was expecting a girl. (We had a run of boys there for a while)! I almost thought I’d have to convince DH we needed to try for another girl…just so I’d have an excuse to try this pattern!
I absolutely adore making sets! It just feels complete to make two things that match (is that crazy?) so I included a quick baby quilt for the new mom. I had just gotten my new serger and so wanted to try piecing on it. My conclusion is: in a rush, serging a quilt top is a huge time saver, but I don’t know that I’d want to use it on all of the quilts I piece. I was pleased with the way this one turned out, though, and the seams are very secure. I serged the entire project…I even used my ruffling foot on the serger to make the ruffled edge on the quilt. This project helped solidify my <LOVE> of my serger and all things sewing! (Doesn’t every project?)
I whipped up the baby dress in no time…again using my serger to do it. I don’t know what I did before my serger! (Have I mentioned that I love my serger?) I wasn’t expecting to blog about this little baby dress so the pictures aren’t the best. I pulled these from my “projects” folder…it’s like my sewing scrapbook. The flower is made from ric-rac (wish I had a closer picture) and I used it in place of a monogram. The parents were not sharing the name until the birth, so I didn’t have initials! I thought it worked well with the matching ric-rac trim. I think I had checked a book out of the library on flowers and got the idea from there, but there are some awesome blogs that have tutorials on ric-rac flowers. Here is one.
When I gift a baby set, I love for it to reflect my love of children. In this case, since I didn’t know the new mother’s nursery theme or the child’s name, I chose my favorite verse about children. I digitized the embroidery design myself…I just wanted something very simple and airy, so this is what I came up with. Perhaps I’ll put it up on my site sometime soon.
This dress is just the sweetest little dress you’ve ever seen. It is so incredibly small! Meant to be worn by the newborn only. I think it is awesome to have a special gift that can be tucked away in the baby book to remember just how small they are as newborns. (I say this as my oldest just turned 12! My how the time flies!) There is an awesome Flickr group and you can see TONS of different dresses. Next time, I’m going to choose some really awesome fashion fabric…those dresses really turn out sweet!