Random Thought: I’m like a 2 year old. I’ve been listening to the same song over and over for the last few days. Am I the only one who does this??? Now that that is out of the way….
I had been warned that matching our daughters outfits was an unapproved activity in our home. A wrath would befall me and I would forever live in regret. Okay, maybe that’s a little embellished. Really, my husband just generally dislikes having the girls matching completely. However, there are times when I think it’s actually cute. I think matching Christmas PJs are adorable, but maybe that’s just me. My solution/compromise is to create “coordinating” dresses for them to wear. So they may have the same fabric prints, but the overall placement is different enough to please him. Or at least he says it is fine. He could be saying that to appease me. He’s been known to do that. Another option is to choose similar fabric patterns in a different color way.
Speaking of matching….It’s comical to me that I often get asked if my girls are twins. I don’t think they look alike at all. Never mind the 21 month age difference. I guess the curls throw people off? My oldest definitely looks more like her father (and really not at all like me) and my youngest is a curly brown hair, brown eyed version of myself at that age. I guess being mistaken for twins is better than when a man once called K a boy when she was 5 months old, despite the pink outfit and pink bow in her hair…. Ummmmmm. Not sure how you can be any more obvious? Bless his heart (as they say in the south). 😉
I bought two different colors of Lotta Jansdotter’s Skullan fabric from her Follie line. I’m a big fan of this fabric designer. I got mine here at Hawthorne threads (again). This was also the same line for the fabric in the Izzy Top I did earlier.
When I saw this Geranium Dress pattern (by Made by Rae) I knew that I wanted to make it with these fabrics. I love the fact that it has so many different options for the sleeve, neck line, and skirt. It also has optional pockets. You could make it as a top/tunic as well. Like I said, SO. MANY. OPTIONS! I have yet to do pleats, so I stuck with the gathered skirt this time. I know I’ll be doing more of these though. The pattern was really easy to follow! Rae does an excellent job with her tutorials! There are a lot of clear pictures to follow for a relative newbie like me.
I attempted two new techniques for this project. I used the rolled hem setting on my serger for the edge of the flutter sleeves. I had to practice on scraps a few times first, but I really like how it turned out!
I also did made buttonholes and sewed on buttons with my sewing machine for the first time. It was really quite easy. Not sure what I was so afraid of! It was one of my sewing goals for 2015. That being said, I was literally cutting the center hole on my LAST buttonhole and my seam ripper slipped and I cut right through the edge…. UGH! So so frustrating. I honestly just sewed it back together and it’s mostly hidden when the dress is buttoned up but I know it’s going to be something that I see every time K wears the dress.
Other minor mistakes: I forgot to sew in a size tag again (oops), so I’ll need to go back and do that.
I’ve actually already decided on my next project. It’s for a sewing contest and I’m going to be modifying a pattern to create my own version. I hope it turns out well since I’ve never “created” my own pattern before. I need to complete it in the next 2-3 days so stay tuned…. 🙂