Gertie Sews Vintage Casual – Zip Front Dress

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This dress has been on my list to make for a LONG time! I put it on my Make Nine plans for last year and just got round to sewing it up a couple of days before 2018 ended. I had always known which fabric I wanted to use for it too so that made it slightly easier to get motivated for it.

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Oliver + S Swingset Skirt Pattern

Oliver + S Swingset skirt

A little while ago, Oliver + S were having some kind of sale where you could buy 10 of their printed patterns for $50. I stocked up on some that would be good for Rosie now and for another few years too. I’d never actually had any of their patterns until I received my order but the first thing that I was impressed by was the quality of the pattern. These are just lovely envelopes. Some of them even have little paper dolls for illustrations which are just the cutest ever.

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Colette Wren Dress

Colette Wren Dress

Another one ticked off the #2018MakeNine list!

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I had a really hard time deciding on which version of this Colette Wren dress to make.  I love anything without sleeves so version 1 appealed to me the most.  However, after reading a few reviews, I realized that the skirt might not be so flattering on my tummy.  The gathered skirt on version 2 looks lovely and flattering though so I decided to combine the two and use the bodice of version 1 with the skirt of version 2.

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Two Little Simplicity 2461 Dresses

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Camilla, over at Making & Marking, had sent me a few children’s patterns to have a go at sewing up for Rosie.  One of them was the Simplicity 2461 dress.  The pattern comes with quite a few cute dress styles and there are layering options too.  I chose to make View B and actually managed to choose some fabric from my stash that was quite similar to the main dress on the front of the pattern.  I’m hoping that I can get some nice white seersucker to make the layered piece at some point too.

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Quick Quilts For Babies

We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.  I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.

We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.  It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.  In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.

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