Sunday, March 14, 2010

Instant Gratification Sewing

I am not a seamstress by any means. I've made the occasional item of clothing, but probably not very well. I quilt, that's my sewing. Usually straight lines, 1/4" seam allowance... I'm good with that. However I saw some fabric at JoAnn's a couple weeks ago that I (and Hannah) just loved and I thought would make her the cutest little summer dress. Then a few days ago I found some more, haha!

My family came over tonight. Tony was off and beating down a few more walls upstairs with a sledge hammer, Dad was off and came with them. Allen brought over his new girlfriend; it was a regular party! We made chili, devil's food cupcakes with fudge icing, apple pie and salsa. We ate...a lot.

My Mom is Madame Seamstress Extraordinaire, winner of awards, zen master of patience with curved seams that need snipping, maker of all my childhood play outfits. I said, Hey's about you help me cut out these 2 sundresses? Without a pattern, she laid my fabric (prewashed and ironed) on the table and cut out 2 bodices for dresses that fit Hannah perfectly. I was inspired and pulled 2 more fabrics out of my stash for the bodice and skirt for a 3rd dress.

It took me about a half hour, including having to rip out the final seam around the chest, to sew the first dress together!! Hem, buttons, buttonholes and everything! INSTANT gratification sewing for sure! Of course, sleepy and grumpy little girls don't make the best models but she told me her dress was pretty and so I'm leaving it at that for the night. I will work on one of the other 2 tomorrow, it's too late tonight and I am tired after all that cooking (and cleaning I did the last two days, which now has to be done again due to the removing of the wall about it later.)

Summer is on its way and my Hannah will be SO cute and very cool in the heat wearing her little sundress. I'm so proud of it!


  1. Awww she is so cute and you did GREAT! :D (Mom did too!)

  2. What a adorable dress and adorable child. You should be so so proud!