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(just to calm any fears, joys, etc. that anyone may be having…no we are not adopting again…so far it is just the six of us and one crazy spoiled ShihTzu)

I LOVE my clothesline.  If I only used it for sheets I would still be happy, but it gets more use than that.  My dear, dear friend and I talked forever about getting a clothesline in our yards.  When she called to tell me her husband was making one for both of us, I squealled…and I am not the type to squeal. 

So imagine, the other morning, the neighbors seeing me out putting clothes on the line on a cool winter morning.   But wait, what the heck is their odd neighbor up too?  Those clothes are not wet.  They are bright and springy, fresh and stylish…not her usual  laundry line digs.  Now she is taking pictures, yeah, she’s finally lost it.  All those hours in the winter cooped up with her kids finally did her in.

It was too nice not to.  I put the kids in front of a movie to keep them out of the muddy back yard. (Of course, it didn’t work, they were at the back door wondering why I was allowed to go out in the muddy yard.)  I hung the dresses, fixed the knots just so, and took a few shots in the natural light.  Don’t they look so pretty!  So here is the news:

I am opening a shop on etsy, I have fabric on order, the countdown is on! 

It won’t be hundreds of dresses and tops, but enough to keep me sewing (my new therapy that doesn’t kick my butt like yoga…which I’m still doing and still hurting.)  I will take custom orders for specific pieces.  I will work with farics I love to place ready-to-wear pieces online for sale.  I will work with fabrics you love to make pieces for your loved ones.   It is still in the planning stages, but I have a name (inspired by Ilean the dog) and I will announce here when it is open for business!

Ok, deep-down inside, I am nervous and a bit scared about it.  It’s outside my norm, but I can’t wait to get started!  All that to say, be nice.  I am already doubting myself, but pushing through anyhow.

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Yesterday and today, my mom and I have been sewing.   We went to the big city (not just a big city, but The big city around these parts) on Friday to see what we could find.  We left with enough fabric, patterns, and trim to make 11 items, plus I have two items at home that I am working on.  Here is our progress:

  •  2 Easter dresses for the older two, needs elastic in casing and they are then they are done…can’t wait to share these!
  • 2 apron dresses for a fellow twin mom and friend, bodice is complete and skirts are coming together nicely, will be done today
  • 4 dress-up dresses (Tink is done, Ariel and  2 Minnie Mouse are cut, but not sewn)
  • 3 summer dresses are cut and one 75% done
  • 2  nightgowns cut, but not sewn (when the twins ask Grandma for something, she delivers!)

It sounds odd and incomplete, but we are doing what we can to not waste steps and get it done (in the end) in less time.  For instance, our machine’s are similar so one machine is the strictly white thread machine and the other we change out threads if need be.  We cut out everything all at once while we were in pattern and rotary cutter mode.  The Tink dress got done first as we are using the same pattern for two other dresses out of nicer fabric and wanted to check sizing….no time for making a muslin! 

Talking Tink, we used the Miss Lily pattern (which is on sale now!) that I really am liking and altered the sleeve to make it a mock spaghetti-strap style dress out of a shimmery green cotton we found.  Add to that the sparkly green sheer leaves and you have a very cute and more importantly, comfortable Tinkerbell dress. 

Today I look for us to have this as a finished list:

  • Tink
  • 2 Easter dresses
  • 2 apron dresses
  • 3 summer dresses
  • 2 Minnie Mouse dresses

I don’t expect to get Ariel done today as it will be an very involved dress (plackets, contrast panels, zipper, peplum, and star fish applique.)  Yeah, this one is a ball-gown style and fancy for my oldest.  Also, the nightgown’s are low on the priority list, so while they will not take long, they will likely be last….it’s too chilly to wear cute nightie’s right now anyhow.

To those that made it to the bottom of this post: I must guess that you are either an avid sewer, good friend, or trying to avoid doing something else.  I congratulate you for reading the Tale of Two Days and would award you some fabric scraps if the girls hadn’t already made plans for them.

***right before publishing this post my mom called and she has come down with the flu!  She kept getting chilly yesterday and was tired, but this morning she is in bed sick : (  Wish me luck, I’m still going to go tackle what I can, though that “finished” list above, will likely be cut in half.

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I am a sewing machine!  Ummm, okay, no I am just a dork.  But I am sewing quite a bit and loving it.  Today, I almost finished the knot dresses (pics below) and cut out a couple of the Miss Lily dresses for the older girls.  I then went out to go to my Grandma’s house to sort through and swipe some trims (thanks Grandma!) from her two drawers full!  Some of the laces she has were made by my Granny (who was born in 1896 if memory serves me right, she lived to 103!)  After that I helped my mom cut out two dresses for each of the older girls, nightgowns for the twins, a Disney-type dress-up outfit for each of the four girls. 

Busy day and, thankfully, an easy school day.

The two knot dresses that are what I call blog finished.  There are still gathering threads that need cut, a hem stitched in (instead of done easy- peasy like the pattern calls for because I didn’t order enough of that print), and buttonholes sewed.  Pretty enough to show on the blog and share for those interested.  I am SO glad I started out sewing my twins’ dresses as this pattern runs small, yikes!  The other twins that will be receiving a dress in the same pattern/different fabric are just a tad bigger than my two and I am not sure this size would fit them.  CeeCee and Brie can slip it on over a shirt…barely.  No shirt underneath and it will be fine.  These dresses will not be around come fall, I am sure of it. I am really hoping for a nice sunny day so I can get some good pictures of dresses and kids.  Flash inside just is not as pretty, but it will have to do. 

Enough blabbing, here are the dresses:

Neither apron is done like the pattern says, after the trip to Grandma’s I simply couldn’t resist a bit of embellishment.  The trim on the Joel Dewberry dress (orange and brown) is an old one of my Grandma’s and a lovely creamy color.  On the Jennifer Moore dress, the apple apron has a green ric-rac edging on it that doesn’t show up well in the photo but looks really cute in person.  The twins, of course, are pleased with their dresses…I’m just hoping they don’t grow out too much soon so they can get some wear out of them! 

For anyone reading that is beginning to sew or has a question about sewing,  be sure that you check out Sew, Mama, Sew.  They have a blog and a forum that have been a huge help to me in refreshing my skills and filling in where I lack skills.  There are wonderful people there sharing great projects at all skill levels.    I’ve learned so much and am off to find a better way to gather a waist, there just has to be a better way!

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I could not get to sleep last night…so I sewed.  I am making four scrappy apron dresses off of the same pattern (Forget-Me-Knot Dress.)  There were a few things I weren’t sure about on the fit, so I am making my twins’ dresses first.  When I am done and made any alterations I need I will be making the same pattern again for two other set of twins.  I am tired this morning, but it feels so good to have such a jump start on this project! 

Fabric (Joel Dewberry) for dress #1:

Joel Dewberry Aviary Sparrows Almond (1/2 Yard) Joel Dewberry Aviary Rose Damask Orange (1/2 Yard)

Joel Dewberry Aviary Woodgrain Orange (1/2 Yard)  Joel Dewberry Aviary Sunburst Chocolate (1/2 Yard)

I wasn’t sure about the sunburst chocolate or the woodgrain, but I love them!  This is Brie’s dress and she picked the orange woodgrain…I liked the birds so just went with it from there.

Fabric (Jennifer Moore/Joel Dewberry) for dress #2

NEW from Jennifer Moore of Monaluna, Metro Market, Hens, Summer, 1 YardRobert Kaufman Metro Market Apples Aqua (1/2 Yard)

NEW from Jennifer Moore of Monaluna, Mingle, Circles, Leaf, 1 Yard   Joel Dewberry Aviary Sunburst Chocolate (1/2 Yard)

I wasn’t sure what to use for the 4th fabric with the Hens that CeeCee was so adamant about getting.  She was the one determined to have the “wemons” on the last set of dresses.  The hens are not my usual colors or something I would pick.  The sunburst pattern ended up looking really great with it, helped to pull it all together, actually. 

While the rest of the state was sleeping last night, I finished both bodices, have the skirts sewn, and searched like a madwoman for some ric-rac or trim in my stash.  I hope to have the dresses finished by this afternoon.  I am anxious to share pictures and even more anxious to start the next set using Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden!

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