As often happens at this time of the year I lose a month. September. Gone. And in my ‘absence’ spring has sprung.
Why was it so busy? Well, this year we had drama club rehearsals, dress rehearsals and productions, birthday parties (’tis the season it seems), the twins’ birthday and party at home, dance pre-exam and exam mania. Top that off with the school gala and end of term punctuated here ‘n’ there by yet more birthday parties.
I am T.I.R.E.D. Happy too but nothing requiring thought or longish periods of attention has been getting done. Oh and I am…
… looking at fudge again. Did I mention the school gala?
Through all of this I did manage some essential sewing – ever present mending plus birthday dresses for my girls, PJs for me and a few little bits and pieces for an brand new nephew.
For the dresses I do have a fairly good collection of pretty fabric acquired for just this sort of thing. Also lace, sequins and buttons so what better than to rummage in the stash and make use of what I already have.
Note – evidently we are into leggings and socks with everything. And twirling.
The pattern is Vogue 7741 (version c) – a lovely simple, classic pattern so easy to dress up or down with fabric choice and what have you. It is very out of print but if you have little girls to sew for and happen across it I’d definitely recommend it. I found my copy for 50c at an op shop down the road, already cut out in size 6x.
While my girls are tall for their 7 years they are not wide and Vogue added a lot of ease around the tum. You can see the extra width in the first two sets of twirly photos above. Fortunately the shoulder fit is good but as they were surprise birthday dresses I couldn’t do fittings until the dresses were pretty much finished.
So, I carefully removed the hand sewn sequins (which BB thought were scratchy anyway) and whacked on long sashes instead. It all worked out fine I think and it doesn’t matter that there’s a bit of extra fabric back there. Not for kiddos anyway. I do miss the sequins though.
Now, don’t for one moment think that my motives were entirely altruistic. I have a dress on my list to make for moi and and wanted practice doing linings. And the skirt godet insertion was good for me!
I managed the linings and one of the godets is pucker free.