|I set up the card table, with patterns|
and directions on the wall.
Dorah is very tired after all this.
I bought two pieces of fabric, just because I thought they were cute designs. A couple of metres each; I didn't have a plan. I showed them to Isabelle Coccinelle and Josephine Jelly Bean, and they liked them. (Coccinelle is French for Lady beetle and rhymes with Isabelle! It's what Josephine thought Isabelle should be named - it is her nickname!)
I bought two patterns that I liked, and combined the sleeves of the one pattern, since Fall is coming, with the High-Low fancy-dancy hem pattern from the other pattern.
|Princess sparkly butterflies for Jos.|
Bugs for Isabelle Coccinelle.
(Isabelle & Coccinelle rhyme! It's her nickname.)
The first thing I did was to set up the guest room as a sewing room. That really helps! The cats have been supportive, as is hubby. Buster kept me company one day, Dorah on the first day, but they get bored. Daisy likes the material, too.
I've stuck to a schedule, my morning on the computer, workout, lunch, gardening and then a shower. Then, in the late afternoon, I sit at the sewing machine, a glass of wine, with the radio on, relaxing before I prepare dinner.
I took the bodices to Prince Edward County, putting each dress in a shoebox, where we were visiting the kids who were on holiday. They were happy to see my progress while I fitted them.
It was much fun revealing them.
|Fitting of the bodice for Isabelle.|
She liked the idea of the zipper in front.
It didn't actually call for a zipper!
|Isabelle's insect dress|
|The iron was NOT on!|
|Jos' princess dress.|
The blue trim is from
my late mother's sewing basket.
|Sure helps to have|
|My Dotty Daisy!|
|Buster Brown helps, too.|
Next, with the elastic for Isabelle's dress done, I put on the bottom fancy frills – once I figured out how short or long to make it.
The sewn gathers for Jos' dress makes it lovely and full. I had to put in the zipper next. I did the one side twice, as I heard my Mom's voice in my ear. It wasn't good enough!
Finally, I had to tack the sleeve hems and trim the loose threads.
The consensus was a lacy trim, and high-low hems. Back to Sew Crafty for more supplies!
|The pattern didn't call for a zipper,|
but I thought that just dumb!
I put one in front for easy self-dressing.
"Do it MYSELF!"
|Jos wanted a high-low hem, too.|
I followed the pattern from
They look pretty good one them, and there is room for growth! At ages 4 and 6, they are growing like mad!
A grand visit for all!