Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Less is more

Papa-bear is outta town!!! When this happens, usually I go on a sewing frenzy, existing on several pots of coffee and little else, sewing way into the night.
With three little ones to sew for now, I feel compelled to sew lots of stuff. However, one of my new resolves is to sew more fabulous but less of them. To get all my items for a project together, all planned out and ready to go.
I am  prone to stay on task, get it finished, so that I can sit back and bask in the glow of a completed outfit or dress or whatever. I also have a bad habit of having several different projects going at the same time. So, enough of that. I am going to refine the method of my madness.
So, here it is Wednesday morning and I have not gotten a thing made!!!! I have, however, gotten my Gail Doane jacket cut out, embroidery pattern transferred and ready to embroidery. But, I realized I was missing a thing or two to even start and had to place an order. Today,as I wait on my order  to come in, I will work on finalizing the design of two bishops for Easter. The planning takes forever as I rarely make anything the way it is shown on a pattern or the way I see it in a magazine. Why am I like that????
I spent most of the day yesterday pondering over these two bishops. They are for the grands that will be 14 months and 11 months at Easter.
My first thought is white Swiss batiste. I just love looking at it and feeling of it, makes me happy. So, had to call the mommies and ask if they minded letting the girls ride to church in their slips and putting the dress on when they got there. (that car seat issue). Neither had a problem with that.
On to the smocking design. I have three designs I am going to use. Another hour of sketching. Then there is the hem design. I spent an hour on the math of that last night. Maybe a touch of hand embroidery on the skirt somewhere.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Michie's Front Pleated Bubble--Spring outfit

I love hand embroidery. Just a touch of it can turn an outfit into something really special. However, I feel that my skills in this art form leave a lot to be desired. It takes practice, lots of it, to execute really beautiful stitches.
In sewing for several children, sometimes I feel that I  must produce lots of outfits. But in working on this one, I have come to realize that what I really enjoy and wish to accomplish is fewer garments, but that each one be special and beautifully made.
I have a few more spring projects under way, so I hope you will stop back by to take a look!!
This little bubble is made of  a lovely buttercup yellow Irish linen with a collar made of pima cotton. The collar is edged in handmade tatting. The embroidery design is by Jeannie Baumeister and uses shadow embroidery and lazy daisy stitches, one of the easiest stitches there is and the one I need the most practice on, apparently!!
This was the first time I had made this pattern and it goes together beautifully with well written instructions. Being the sewing rebel that I am, usually I make a pattern my own way, but the first time I try a pattern, I go by the designer's instructions. I do this in order to see if there is a better technique that I might learn.

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