This week, I have been doing something
I haven't done in years.
When my daughters were little,
I made almost all of their clothes.
The only things I didn't make were undergarments, jeans
and other pants with zippers.
I would go into quilt shops to buy the fabric
for their dresses and other outfits,
because they had the best selection of cotton fabrics.
Then came the day that they didn't want to wear what mom made anymore.
So, all of the patterns and piping and buttons and trims
were packed up and have been in boxes for years.
Until the other day!
My sister has a granddaughter who is almost a year old
and I was getting the itch to make something other than a quilt for her.
I looked through my stash and found some fun fabrics to use.
This pattern was a good one to begin with
and try and knock the rust off of my garment sewing.
Same pattern, but I added some piping to the bottom of this one.
Next, I found several unfinished things that I smocked years ago.
(I did a LOT of smocking back then!)
The patterns weren't with the fabric pieces anymore,
but I thought I could figure out how to finish them.
I can't tell you how many times I used this pattern
when my girls were little.
It came back quickly as to how to sew it together
with the lining.
I had to be reintroduced to my buttonhole maker for these dresses!
It took a bit of practice and the buttonholes were made.
This dress might be too small.
There wasn't a pattern with this one, either,
but I just had to finish it.
Hopefully it will fit the little one.
While I wasn't doing any quilting this week,
I was playing with fabric.
Making these little dresses doesn't make me want to give up
quilting for garment sewing, but it was fun to work on these
for a few days.
I'm linking to Whoop Whoop (sidebar)
and TGIFF today.
and TGIFF today.