Although I usually have a project in mind when I shop, these fabrics literally leaped out at me when browsing at a local quilt shop. The peony print and coordinating stripes are bright and colorful, just right for a full-skirted dress.
floral spring dress
The striped fabric was used on the hem with the Madeira Scalloped technique and diagonally on the sleeve bands, with an inverted pleat rather than gathers. A purple or light green ribbon ccould also be used at the waist. The neckline has a darling V-neck, perfect for showing off a favorite necklace. This dress is a size 5 and available for purchase.
Projects featuring the local sports teams are always popular. As I am in the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks are frequently requested. Although this grommet purse is darling in large print florals and coordinating prints, my client asked for one in Seahawk fabric with a matching wallet. I used two of the dark blue fabrics, accented with the Seahawk green and other prints. She seems happy with the result! Contact me to order yours!
SH wallet inside
Seahawk grommet purse, blue with green sash
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Eph. 1:13-14
Another holiday project was a dress for my granddaughter’s birthday. Being huge Seattle Seahawk fans, my daughter and I thought this would be fun for all!
I found two Seahawk prints and two coordinating prints, one a green dot, the other in white. All 8-year-old girls love to *twirl* so I wanted ruffles. The shoulder straps were a bit long (I turned them under and tacked in place), but that will allow for long-term use! The waist also was a bit big, so I added ties (not pictured) to snug it in.
Paired with a matching green t-shirt, it turned out darling! And, she loves it!
Of course, we could not leave her 12-year-old sister out, so I made a skirt for her. Again paired with a matching green T-shirt, it was a real hit!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7
Now that the holidays are behind me, hopefully I can get caught up on my postings!
Being the person I am, I of course make the majority of my gifts, especially for the grandkids. One of those projects was a smocked dress for my 8-year-old granddaughter. I found a darling print with deep reds (almost burgundy), greens and blues over a light beige background. I found a beige solid (with just a hint of green) perfect for the smocking. I modified a simple to-the-waist, gathered skirt dress pattern, incorporating the smocked inset into the bodice. The embroidery thread was matched to colors in the print and used in the geometric smocking pattern.
After pleating and smocking the bodice insert, it was steamed and blocked. I accented the collar, sleeves and bodice with burgundy piping.
A simple dress but ~ I love the final result, and best of all, so does my granddaughter!
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” II Corinthians 5: 20