While I knit away on My Sweater…
(yoke colorwork began last night – woot)
…and begin a surprise Surprise Jacket…
(colors inspired by Sandy)
…I thought I might distract you with some sewing projects.
I’m going to make Maggie wear dresses for as long as I can. If one day she tells me she would prefer to wear some stretchy pants, fine, but for now dresses it is.
I found the perfect pattern at a local sewing store, Sew Heavenly, from Karen’s Stitchery (scroll down to “Kendall”). It wouldn’t seem that it’s the perfect pattern from the rendering on the front of the pattern, but indeed it is.
This is the first one I made, following the pattern very closely to get an idea of how it all worked. I knew the collar would be too fancy, but I left it on to familiarize myself with the dress construction. The minty fabric is one of those feedsack reproductions that I bought at a wonderful quilting store in town, Randy’s Quilt Shop. I used stash for the lace and the collar. Since I washed this dress she hasn’t worn it again because it needs a rigorous pressing and I’m not now (nor ever) in the mood for that.
Next we have the Shamrock.
The fabric is very thin and wispy cotton and came from the $2/yard shelf at Walmart. I like it because it doesn’t need to be pressed after it comes out the wash. Also, it will be a nice lightweight layer for the Mag once the heat and humidity crank up here.
Finally, the brown.
I had this dress mostly finished for a couple of weeks (no buttons, no hem) when I saw this post over at Angry Chicken using the same circle-y print in a different color. I decided to get on with finishing it so Mag could start wearing it. The fabric is Moda, also from Randy’s Quilt Shop. I haven’t washed it yet so I’m not sure if it will need pressing…I hope not.
In the quest to never have to iron, I bought some
used vintage sheets at the Goodwill that are a poly-cotton blend, very lightweight, soft, and beautiful. I think that fabric will become the next dress.
It’s weird that I keep making the same pattern over and over again. The sewing goes so fast and the whole look of the dress changes with the fabric choice that it seems reasonable.
Have you forgotten about Jerry? Here he is, just in case you thought I only take pictures of the Mag.
And in totally unrelated news: Veronica Mars, The Complete Second Season is $22.99 at Target. I bought it. And I’m getting impatient for May 1st and the conclusion of this season.