About a month ago,Erlisa asked me if I could make matching dresses for Eva and Adina to wear to a baby shower that we were all invited to attend. McCall's patterns had just added two adorable patterns, one for a dress and one for a jumper. Needless to say, I bought both of them and made the jumper pattern for Adina and used the dress pattern to make the matching dresses.
I followed the dress pattern with a few exceptions. Instead of the flat contrast piece at the hemline, I made a ruffle to coordinate with the ruffle on the bodice. I made ties to pull in the dresses in the back rather than the grosgrain ribbon bows at the sides.
The dresses were easy to make and I was pleased with the results. Everyone at the shower thought that the girls looked adorable.
The difficult part was finding corduroy fabrics that coordinated with each other in pink and another color. I finally bought these fabrics at: www.fabric.com.
Today I finished the sewing and embroidery on Emily Ann, the large doll, and Molly. The pattern and instructions came from a book by Terese Cato. Believe it or not, all of the fabric came from my stash of fabrics. The circle pattern is one of my favorites and I think that I'll have to try and buy more of it. Making doll shoes was a first for me. It was not difficult. Next time I will do the embellishment on them before they are completely sewn together. That will make the job easier.
One of my goals for 2014 is to finish some of my projects. The cardinal block was a class project started at a class at Mare's Bears in November of 2012. The class was part of a five day Baltimore Album workshop. The cardinal block was taught by Emily Martin. She introduced me to off-site applique. That is where you copy the pattern on to Pellon, applique on to that and when you're finished, applique the piece, cardinal, flowers, on to the background fabric. I liked the technique because I thought you had more control when sewing tiny pieces.
The bird's legs are embroidered rather than using ultra-suede that Emily gave us.
the first week in December and finished sewing the snaps on the nightgown this afternoon. I have done other things in between and even went to stay with the kiddies twice this month. My plan was to make more clothes but I go tired of doing this. The next time I get in the doll clothes mood, I'm going to make bathrobes for the dolls and maybe even winter coats.
Madison is the doll that I purchased for the charity project from Cinnaminson Quilters. She and all of the things that I made for her are to be turned in on Wednesday. On Friday, I made her nightgown. It was from a panel by Simplicity patterns that I cut out, added eyelet trimming and sewed together. The quilt was made from fabric that I got from the "give-away table" at quilting. The other outfits were made from fabric that I had in my stash. It was lots of fun to sew for Madison and I hope that the child who gets her will enjoy playing with her.
Recently I decided to start two new quilts, Dear Jane and a calendar quilt. Both are gigantic projects but since I don't have deadlines for completion of either of them I was okay with starting them at the same time. The Dear Jane block was my first attempt with paper piecing and I think that I like that technique. From this block, I realized that I enjoy working with small pieces of fabric rather than cutting into yards of fabric. The calendar quilt block was a challenge from beginning to end. I think that I sewed every seam at least twice before they met up. The finished product should draw attention to that part of the quilt.
During the summer at a Day With Dolls, a woman came with lots of costume type fabric to give away. I was fortunate to be able to find coordinating fabrics that were enough to make two ruffle skirts, one for Adina and one for Eva. I used directions that I found on Pinterest and didn't have to buy a pattern. The girls got their skirts yesterday and were happy with them. Adina tried hers on and was very pleased. I wonder if she wore it to school today.