Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Bishop Dress

This is the pattern that I used to make my first bishop dress. And I made dozens of them for my daughter until she outgrew this size. Over the years, I tried several other patterns for bishops but I keep coming back to this one.  I just love the teeny, tiny puffed sleeve and I have come to love the shorter length lately.
As my daughter got older, I did make the bishops in the ankle length style. And when I made this dress as a baby gift, I would usually make it in the daygown length of 21".
But now having two little granddaughters, who are 17 and 20 months and have been walking for some time , I see how the ankle length really gets in their way for mobility. It is a lot of dress for a toddler on the go, except for a special occasion. If I could manage it, I would have them both in a smocked bishop every single day!!!
So, I am going to try making one  taking out some of the fullness and making it the shorter length. I have to admit, I just love seeing those chubby little legs showing and worn with socks and mary janes.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dressing boys!

We are at the crossroads of clothing choices. My grandson will be 5 next February. His mama would keep him in heirloom clothing forever, I think. But he is long and very lanky and I , of course, do not want him to look foolish or be the target of teasing. At the same time, I do want him well-dressed and age appropriate.
My daughter STILL wants him in jon-jons. Even I think that is pushing the boundaries a bit!! But she says she will dress him like a little boy as long as she can. I certainly cannot argue with that! I would like to see him  in the English schoolboy look for fall: wool shorts,  a sweater over a shirt, knee socks and a tie. That is where his mother put her foot down, absolutely no tie yet!!
As far as sewing for him goes, there is just nothing out there in the way of patterns for his age, THAT I LIKE!!!! I find myself searching and searching and designing and designing for him and still not quite satisfied.

Here are a few of my favorites that I have made him!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A small world and a different path

I never cease to be amazed at technology. With the advent of the Internet and social networking, the world has indeed become a smaller place. I have reconnected with friends and family and found sewing sisters that once I had only read about, but now am now chatting with on a daily basis. I could go on and on about things which technology has opened up and made available to so many. It still amazes me!
Life has taken me on a different path this summer. This year, I have begun designing and publishing patterns and through this venture God has brought some wonderful friends into my life. He has also used them to give me messages, little "postcards" from Him, that has brought me peace and assurance concerning other things that are going on in this season of my life.
In the midst of a difficult summer, I have been given an opportunity to teach a class for my first pattern, Irby,
at the Children's Corner in Nasville, TN.
Even though I have taught smocking and French handsewing classes for many years, this will be my first time to teach in this type setting. Susan, the owner of the shop, also had me design a project just for this school.
As time for the school approaches, I am both excited and anxious at once! Naturally, I want everything to be "just right", and I hope and pray that the ladies who have signed up for my classes will find me to be a good teacher!
Hopefully, after the school, I will be able to post pictures of the classes.
Wishing all of you a blessed and happy Sunday!!


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