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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Knit Rosebud Bishop Dress and Fancy Diaper Cover

I was invited to a baby shower this weekend for my friend's sister. She is having her fifth child (yeah for Moms of 5!) and it is a little girl. Since my last 2 children are boys, it was fun to plan some pink sewing. My daughter suggested a knit fabric for the "modern" Mom.

I thought that was a good idea and had only smocked on knit fabric once before. I had made my little guy a romper from AS&E, but I used a very lush Sea Island Cotton, which was a disaster to pleat. Many broken needles were the result. This fabric was purchased from Hancock online before they went out of business and I have plenty, so I thought I'd give it a try. It is a lovely quality and very soft, but not as thick as the Sea Island knits.

It went through the pleater beautifully. I smocked a very simple design in 2 shades of a purply-pink to match the rosebuds. I used a free Wee Care Bishop pattern from AS&E in newborn size. I don't know if it's still available, but it was in one of their old issues, too. I think it will be more of a 3 months size, which doesn't surprise me as I find their patterns run large.

I did take some fullness out of the front and back pieces, to accomodate the heavier fabric. I removed 2" on the front and 2" on the back. I originally took 1" from the sleeves, but they were too skimpy, so they are the original pattern. I still think they look skimpy and would have liked them a little fuller.

I thought about using a woven fabric for the neckband and sleevebands, but I ended up using the same knit. I used some german interfacing on the bands and they were a delight! The knit folded over (as usual) and was hand-stitched to the back. The bit of stretch made it so smooth with none of that ugly "twisted" look you sometimes get on neckbands. Of course, they were cut across the grain, not on the bias.

The little diaper cover was purchased in a destash group for $3. It has a double-seat and eyelet, elastic legs. Worth every penny to save the time! It is a truly little size- probably 0-3 mos and I think it will go well with the dress or would be so cute for those "diaper-only" newborn photos.

The monogram is done by machine. The design is from Attic Treasures. I've had this set for awhile and finally got to use it! I love, love, love it! Definitely I will use this one again.
The new Mom really liked the set- I hope I will see pictures of "Baby K" in it soon!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Linny's Pinny on American Girl!

My daughter Katie made this "Linny's Pinafore" for the American Girl Doll. I love her version- it was a surprise to me!
She machine-embroidered a cross-stitch insert for the yoke. Aren't the colors perfect with the pretty floral fabric?

The side ties are ribbons and they co-ordinate with the navy polka-dot bloomers underneath.

Here's a front view of the bloomers. I just love this outfit!! If you want to know how she did it, I will do another post with the details. Click here to buy the Linny's Pinafore pattern in sizes NB-4.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

American Girl Doll Quilt

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Katie and I had a "girl's day out." Part of it was lunch at American Girl Place in Boston. Actually, we had the afternoon tea. It was great.

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There were all sorts of minis: cheeseburger, hot dog, cucumber sandwiches, fruit, desserts, and of course, a pot of tea! We even got goody bags with crafts and doll tea cup and saucer. I left there inspired to do some American Girl sewing.

I have an Addy doll bed, but it doesn't have any bedding. So I started with a quilt. I used some of my favorite scraps. It is weird that I keep making scrap quilts (one was even King sized) yet my scrap bag gets fuller and fuller. How is that possible? I just cut squares, rectangles, and triangles and made random blocks, which I kept adding to other blocks until it was the right size.

The backing is a pretty "Rose & Hubble" print that was on clearance at Walmart! I wish I had seen it before there was only a yard left.
The binding on this quilt was charmed! I cut two strips of the pink and trimmed all the ends at 45 degrees. I stitched the 2 together and ironed in half. I assumed I would have plenty, but as I went around, it was getting tight. When I got to the end, the two 45 degree cuts lined up PERFECTLY with a 1/4 seam. I don't think that's ever happened in the history of quilting!!
I used one true vintage print in this quilt- the others are repro or new. The one I used is from the 1940s. Can you tell which one it is??