It’s rainy – very rainy – here today. All the wet is pretty nice actually. Last year was just so dry that it feels like a miracle to have a bit of rain. Luckily, while the weather was nice last week I took a butt load of pictures of my latest sewing projects: Dresses for Maggie.
I seem to have trouble picturing what a fabric will look like once it’s all cut up and sewn back together. I’d say this is one of my weak spots in sewing: Picturing the final product. I like the cherries, I really do, but it’s a little too too. You know? The ruffle really puts it over the top.
If anyone can pull it off, though, it’s The Mag.
The Cherry Dress is from McCall’s Easy Stitch ‘n Save M5020 although I can’t seem to find it online (even in their OOP section). It’s very similar to McCall’s Easy Stitch ‘n Save M5606.
Then there’s the Lemon Dress.
Again, too too. I love the collar though. To the point of distraction.
This one is Simplicity 7201, and I’m searching and searching but can’t find the pattern online. These patterns sometimes come from my mother-in-law who may or may not have made them back when she only had one grandchild about eight or nine years ago. So yeah, no link.
In other news, we now have a tire swing…
…and Gerald is probably going to win parent of the year for this one. They love the tire swing. Jerry loves the tire swing.
He’s even got routines and stuff.
But back to sewing because I made one more dress.
This is the Apple Blossom Dress. I like this one a lot. Not only is the fabric great, but the pattern is a proven winner (I made a bunch last year) and I can even find it online. It’s the Kendall pattern from Karen’s Art & Stitchery. Note how the picture from the link looks a bit different from my version.
I left out the collar and the sleeves, and the result is very informal. The perfect play dress. I also hemmed it only three inches – the pattern calls for a four inch hem. This pattern is so easy and the construction is perfect – the yoke is all lined, leaving no mess on the inside. If you can believe it, I even used french seams and hemmed it by hand.
I always try making other patterns (like the first two pictured above) and nothing ever comes out as cute as this simple, old-timey pattern. I’m telling you, it’s even easier than Simplicity! Everything about this pattern is sweetness, and I am going to make Maggie wear these little baby dresses just as long as she’ll let me.
Yes, that’s mud. My fruity sweet girl is covered in mud.