Friday, February 25, 2011

Coming out of the sewing cave

When I am working on a new pattern, I feel like I am tied to the computer and sewing machine. So today I am taking a break and  tending to a few things I have neglected:

                                                                (well, maybe not that one)
 but most of all

this great guy!!! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Strut your stuff Thursday

Happy Thursday!! I am joining Somewhat Simple for Strut Your Stuff Thursday. Lots and lots of inspiration there!!!


Monday, February 21, 2011

How to Dress a Boy ( a little boy)?

OK, I admit it: I am a die-hard, Southern traditionalist in just about every sense of the word, but especially when it comes to dressing children and specifically in this post: little boys in the 4-6 age group!!!
So, lately I have done some research and pondering on suitable clothing for the "tween" age boy that pleases everybody!!
Some things I have learned: (just my opinion, of course!!)
1. There is a fine line in dressing a child of this age and having him wear the clothes that "I" like.
One certainly doesn't want a child dressed so "sweet" that he is made fun of.
2. A boy can still be young enough to wear a jon-jon, but might be tall and lanky even at that age.
Personally, I think short jon-jons are the most adorable on chubby little toddler legs.
3. A preppy look is a good way to go with a few adjustments. I still like shorts on  this age little boys. So, as they get older, change them to pleated, "walking" type shorts. And sweaters and sweater vests look really good with the shorts, even in cooler weather. Pair the look with saddle oxfords and knee socks. Or a nice flat-soled dressy oxford. (thick, lug-soled shoes just don't work with this look)
4. Another option for dressy occasions is the Eton suit, usually short pants with a collarless jacket. These look especially nice for Easter and  weddings. They can be found in stripe seersucker and linen for warm weather and velveteen for winter and holiday wear. Chery Williams has a pattern for this suit.

5. It takes a lot of looking and searching to find good looking clothes for this age boy if you want more than jeans, cargo pants and a screen-print tee shirt.
6. If you want to sew them their clothes, it is even harder!!! However, I have found one pattern that I partiularly love right now. It is the "Sailboat Top and Pants" by Oliver+S. Very cute!!!

My version
7. And, finally--there is a lot to be said for "fitting in" in the way of clothes, but there is even more to be said for not following the pack. An important lesson at this age , I think. As my mother said many times in my growing up years "If everybody was jumping off the bridge. . . well, I think we have all heard that one!!!

I would love to hear from you on cute options for boys!! where have you found clothes you like? If you sew, what about patterns? Is there something in the way of patterns you would like to have?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lacey Valentine

                                                           What a delightful Valentine!!

February 14, 2009

Friday, February 11, 2011

When tears make you happy

Whenever I make a christening gown, I always hold my breath until my client sees it and is satisfied.
I always secretly hope that I have created something that will take her breath away.
This is my latest christening gown and I presented it to my client today.

She had a great deal of input into the design, as she knew exactly what she wanted. I made suggestions on this and that and added some design elements that she had not thought of, one being to incorporate the lace from her grandmother's handkerchief.

I used the vintage hanky lace on the outside of the lace insertion.

This is the hem

This is the cap

The defining moment came when she first glanced the gown: she gasped and then she wept.
and then I wept with her.
And we were both very happy!


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