Last year when I started stashing fabric (to my husband’s gentle frustration) I found a lovely fabric from Alexander Henry called Baby Berry.
I ordered a yard (along with a bunch of other yard cuts) with the intention to make something for our kitchen from it. Like a table runner or a tea cosy or something like that.
The fabric was way too thin for that though and at the time I was more into collecting fabric than actually making something from it.
But a year later my fabric stash is growing at an alarming rate and I really need to get started on using it.
Don’t get me wrong I love fabric fondling and I could content myself on doing that, but I fear my husband will stop feeling gentle frustration and move onto something else if I don’t start using it.
I’ve been off work for a week starting last Monday and I definitely caught the sewing bug.
I traced the pattern for Patty Young’s Frida one evening and picked out the Baby Berry and a green/white seersucker fabric I’ve had lying around (they were gonna be curtains) for a few months.
I took time out during the day to sew up the bodice for the Frida but had to put it aside since we were going to dinner at a friend’s house.
We came home again late last night and I was fondling the fabrics and looking at the pattern pieces I had cut out. And then I thought – I can sew the pocket on. So I did. Then I thought sewing the ruffle strip together wouldn’t take that long or serging the edges.
Then I might as well sew the gathering seams too.
And before I knew it the dress was done and the time was … way past my bed time. At least the birds hadn’t started singing again …
I made the dress for Sofia who turned two last month. But since I have a taller-than-average-husband she needed the 4T/5T size … no point in making a dress for her if she’s not gonna be able to use it for at least a few months (which is the reason I prefer to put my time and effort into making dresses for Isabel – then Sofia will be able to inherit them and I’ll get more mileage out of them)
I thought the dress would be too long and that I would have to make some pleats in the skirt … after trying it on her I don’t think so anymore.
Now – I have already picked out a fabric combo for a Frida for Isabel. But the pattern doesn’t come in a big enough size for her so I will have to grade it myself.
I’m still working on that.