One of my new year's resolutions was to spend some time being crafty. Since then I've had to make a concerted effort, but all's well.
I invited ladies over on Sunday to make cards and stuff, but...no one came. It was okay, though, because then I had a clean house and time to sit down and finish my thank you notes from my school shower. Unfortunately, I had baked 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies to share, but when I had no one with whom to share them, I ate about 16 over the course of the day. 15.75 if you don't count the part that Coco ran away with and scarfed down. I guess I could have shared more with Coco, but I can't help it if I'm stingy with my cookies. He's lucky he got away with the piece he did before I noticed.
Anywho, I had purchased some fabric to make some dresses for baby girl, and had the intent of making them with Ginger last Friday, but I hadn't expected her knowledge of sewing to be absolutely zero, so I had to come up with some other easy project to do--we made a baby blanket that has leg pockets in it...hard to describe, but it will be easy to use. Because of this setback, I decided that yesterday I would make my practice dress.
The front view:
And the back view:
The pattern I used was New Look 6576, but I thought the appliques looked stupid so I left them off. When I was done, there was something missing, so I added the grosgrain ribbon at the empire waist. The original pattern also called for buttons at the shoulders, but I'm going to put velcro there when I get around to it. This was mostly because I do not have a button hole foot, but even more so, I do not have a user's manual for my machine, so I wouldn't know how to do a button hole even if I had the foot. Velcro it is.
I'm still debating about whether or not I want to waste my time and make the headband. I'm also thinking about making a pair of bloomers from a different pattern and maybe a sun hat, but we'll see. This was, after all, just a practice dress, though I'm pleased with how it turned out. And when I say practice dress, I don't mean "poor quality," I just mean that it's how I figured out the ins and outs of the pattern. It's not perfect, but it is pretty good.
The intent for this pattern was to be able to make a sun dress for football season in the famous Alabama football houndstooth pattern, but I couldn't decide what size to make. How big will Baby Beaver be in September? My choices were Newborn (7-13 lbs), Small (13-18 lbs), Medium (18-21 lbs), and Large (21-24 lbs). The dress above is a medium. And I think it will be too big to be worn in September. So, I may give it to my friends who gave me all the baby clothes. I think their little girl will be able to wear it this summer since she's 8 months now.
I went out and bought the pattern again today so that I can make the houndstooth version in size small. While I was there, I picked up some cute green monkey fabric that was on sale for cheap ($1.50), so I may use that as my practice dress for the smaller size.