So last week I sat down with her and drug out patterns and fabric and we went through all the options. The 50's patterns got a luke warm response. Then I brought out this one:
It was a hit. And I can see why, too.I love Patty Reed's designs for girls as they always have his wonderful retro element and are just FUN. This one might be discontinued but I've seen it floating around on the interwebs. So, with the pattern settled we started on fabric. I pulled out some that I had bought with her in mind. Pink gingham with floral, another floral, a polkadot. At first she wanted to mix two floral prints that even Oona might have flinched at. Then I remembered some fabric that I had bought but then couldn't quite see it as "me". I pulled it out and showed it to Felicity and she said "YES! I think red and blue should go together!".
"I quite agree", I replied.
So we now have this, though I used a darker red for contrast:
YAY! Its a start. I got the pieces out and used my new and shiny 36x24 wax paper for tracing onto the fabric, using a straight size seven. The blue/grey floral print is a cotton lawn I got from Fashion Fabrics a long while ago for $3 a yard. I have another version in black/pink colorway. Anyway, by itself it was too flimsy so I underlined it in white batiste. I used the "cheat" method that Gertie learned from one of her couture classes, I used fabric glue. Hey, its a kids garment. I'm not spending THAT much time on hand basting, thankyouverymuch.
|Gluing the underlining|
|So much pressing.|
I did a Hong Kong finish on the seams that were left exposed.
I'd say the fussiest part of the whole thing was making the flowers. The super curved seams, plus clipping, and then the gathering and hand sewing after turning them out and pressing.
|Flower template and shiny new scissors|
So. That was a REALLY long post and I hope you made it this far! I highly recommend this pattern if you can get your hands on it. What about ya'll? Making anything fun?