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where my weekend went

July 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Nope, not Ravelry. Still waiting.

Nope, not really sleeping either. Still working on that one. (It’s 5:37 in the morning. I have been up for an hour. I am Not Exactly Happy about this state of affairs, but I suppose I’ll live. Good thing I don’t have to go to WORK, huh?)

(Please note that I’m having some technical difficulties with the photo editor in Wordpress. I’ve linked from Flickr, but that’s a cumbersome process all its own. My apologies to those who are reading via RSS, because I bet you got a number of phantom posts this morning.)

On Friday afternoon, I started with this:

I drafted this pattern (my first ever!) based on the actual measurements of Becky’s baby doll, Elizabeth. Children’s scissors included for scale. I am not yet cool enough to make sleeves.

And then I moved on to this:

After I sewed this practice piece, I made some adjustments to the original pattern (the red lines in the previous picture) and made a bunch of notes on the pattern for the bloomers. Becky doesn’t care at all that this is ill-fitting, or that one of the back pieces has the facings stitched inside-out (which is just what I get for using material with no wrong side). :)

Finally, I ended up with this around bedtime last night:

I had no idea that this kind of thing would be so much fun. Miniature quilts have never been my thing (too fiddly), and I don’t even really care for paper-piecing all that much — though it does have a place and it’s functional in the appropriate use. But I am downright giddy about this little dress. Becky will be delighted — and then, if yesterday is any indicator, she will harass me continually until the matching bloomers are done. I have two more of these in the works, with the same style (though I may be ready for a sleeve by the time I get to the third one), and I’m finding that I’m more inclined toward embellishment as I do each one.

What was that?  Knitting?  I skipped yesterday, for the sake of my hands as well as Elizabeth’s wardrobe.  Dan shook his head at me.  (I have, of course, built in a couple of extra days.  I don’t think I will use any more of them.  It’s worth noting, though, that I’ve gotten the hang of cabling-without-a-cable-needle and I can actually remember how the cable works now.  Also, as it turns out, things get finished quicker when I work on them a little every day.)

Tags: daily · quilts and sewing · kid stuff

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  • 1 Dodie // Jul 23, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    This is really cool! I can completely see how Becky will be perfectly delighted! I have a dress that I made by hand with terribly crooked stitches when I was somewhere older than 7 and younger than 12. I can see how poor it is now, but then I just was really proud of myself and loved it. Also, we loved it when Mom made Barbie dresses for ours. Good job on your creativity and delighting your daughter!

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