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.
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.
At the start of 2018, I joined in with the #2018makenine challenge for the first time. I tried to include a variety of makes and a little something for everyone in the house. I also wanted to make sure that I picked my projects from a variety of sources; paper patterns, pattern books, PDFs & free online patterns.
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.
When I made my #2018makenine plans earlier on in the year, they contained baby clothes.Yep, that’s right…baby clothes for my baby.Quite often I still think that it’s crazy that I’ve got the opportunity to make clothes for MY baby.Well, Rosie is now 8 months old and apart from a couple of accessories, I’ve actually only made 2 clothing items for her.We were given the Simplicity 8304 Baby Gear pattern as a gift and I loved the little dresses so much.I decided that this would be my first venture into sewing for Rosie!
Hello! A little update on life for you all in the form of Sunday Sevens. Rosie is entertaining herself on her play mat so I’m speedily typing in the hope that she doesn’t get bored soon.
It was Mardi Gras season back in February and it was also reasonably cold for us. We bundled up and headed into town to catch some throws at a parade. Rosie loved watching the lights go by and even caught her own Moonpies. The following day, we nipped down to Fairhope to watch the Mystic Mutts parade…a parade for dogs! It was by far my favorite!