I hope to inspire and entertain you with a lot of sewing and a little of everything else!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The 1960 "Charlie Brown" Dress

Quite awhile ago, I saw a vintage Polly Flinders Smocked Dress on Etsy and I loved it. I nicknamed it the "Charlie Brown Dress" because of the color and the black rick rack like Charlie's zig zag shirt.

Here's the original dress. It was size 3 and I think it was about $35. I saved the image and kept it in the back of my mind for a future project. Eventually I looked for a nice honey/mustard broadcloth to remake the dress. I even ordered one, but it was so dark when it arrived. Finally I found a quality cotton fabric that I thought would work.
I also found a McCall's pattern from 1960 with the same full skirt, deep smocking, and straight sleeves that I wanted. Then I got to work. The construction was quite different from the modern yoke dresses I had made.
I did a simple diamond smocking design.
Notice how full the skirt is? The back yokes also form the sides of the dress and "wrap" around to meet the front smocking. There are 3 full 42" panels to the skirt- one front and 2 back/side. It's a really clever way to get the nice full skirt. It needs a puffy crinoline.
I added a belt instead of a sash because I liked it and because I was running low on fabric. This dress took a lot of yardage. I made a size 3 and added 6 inches of length! I think it has a nice "vintage" length without being too short. It looks big to me- more like at least a 4. I used Swiss embroidery and black baby rick rack for the trim.
This was a really fun project and I am very happy with the results!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Blueberry Baby Bubble

This little bubble was a quick sew. The yoke is cotton pointelle knit and the body is a soft cotton lawn.

I added a small blueberry embroidery to the yoke to coordinate with the blueberries on the print.

The back has a keyhole opening with a single button and loop.

Here is the bubble on a newborn doll. It is a good fit and I think the colors are pretty.

Modeled back view.

Here is a view of the leg casings. It is done in blue gingham. Gingham and florals look great together. This was a quick, fun project. I like it when you can make something cute in a couple of hours!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Baby Juno ITH Doll

My daughter and I made this Baby Juno In The Hoop Doll (design from Planet Applique). It is stitched entirely in the hoop of the embroidery machine. I did the stitching and she did the stuffing and joints.

This is the 5x5 hoop size, so the finished doll is about 14" long. I wanted  to make it as a model for preemie clothing.

The knit sleeper is from a free preemie pattern I found. It is a perfect fit!

Here's a view of the doll undressed. The limbs are joined with plastic joints  I bought on Etsy. The fingers are very tiny and it was hard to get any stuffing in them. It does come with an option for hands without fingers, which might be good on the 2 smallest sizes.

This comes in 4 sizes: 4x4, 5x7 (mine), 6x10, or 8x12. I think the larger sizes would be amazing. This one makes a great preemie model. We had fun making this and look forward to trying another one soon. Happy Last Day of Summer Vacation- boo hoo.