Saturday, October 23, 2010

Love This Dress

This is a reprinted pattern from Butterick.  It is a 1960's pattern.  I love when pattern companies reprint old patterns.  So fun.  I made this last summer out of a rayon from Hancocks fabrics.  It has a self fabric belt and I bought the Bakelite belt buckle on Etsy.

OK.  Trouble with Blogger again.  It won't let me post more than one picture!  I don't get it!!!  Well, the close up of the belt will just have to be another post!

It is raining here in northern California.  Yay!  We always need rain. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Found It!

I found the pink dress!   For some reason I had to go out of my blog then back in to be able to download the picture.  Some things I just don't understand.

Fall Festival Costumes AKA Halloween Costumes

This is one costume I made for one of my granddaughters.  She wants to be a princess like her older sister.  The other dress is pink and I can't seem to pull it up my just saved pictures.  These dresses are polyester satin, tulle and a sparkly fabric.  They aren't hemmed yet so I need two little people to come over for a fitting.  Can't wait!

Tried again.  No picture of pink dress.  No pictures at all. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Poor Excuse

I have a wee bit of a cold so I'm going to use that as my excuse for not blogging for what? 6 weeks?  Longer?

I got frustrated weeks ago trying to down load a picture because posts are so much better with pictures.  It wouldn't download.  Even when I walked away and let the compute work/think for 15 minutes.  My IT person has been too busy to help me, boo hiss.  I'll see if I can find something for you to look at though.

In September, the two older granddaughters, their mother and I went to Hancock's Fabrics to pick out Halloween costume patterns and fabric.  The four year old wants to be a princess and her two year old sister is copying her.  We looked through the books and the four year old picked every princess dress there was.  Her mom suggester looking at them all THEN deciding on one.  A pattern was chosen and then we looked at fabric.  Four year old got pink and then told her sister what to pick.  The two year old agreed to everything.  She liked it all.  Mom took the four year old away and the two year old I an picked blue for her.  We got a shiny satin for the main body of the dresses, sparkly fabric for the sleeves and peplums and tulle for the over skirts.  Very fancy!  Good thing these girls are little so we didn't need much fabric!  The oldest did a nice job picking out matching thread. (How did she know we even needed thread??)

I traced the pattern in a size 3 and 4 then cut out fabric I already had to make practice dresses.  I wanted to make sure these fit since I haven't sewn dresses for them yet.  The oldest came over with her mom one day to try it on and it was a  perfect fit.  Over the next few days I threw together the practice dress for the younger.

I wanted to get these dresses to these girls ASAP because I wanted them to wear them to church and the weather would be getting cold soon and I needed to make sure the dress fit the younger.  I made arrangements to take the dresses up to their house which is inconveniently located in the Santa Cruz mountains.  I hate mountain roads.  I made it up the mountain only to get a block or two from their driveway and was stopped by  PG&E who was doing maintenance work.  I couldn't get through.  I was tweaked quite a bit by this turn of events.   I called my daughter and she said she would be me down the road a ways at a school.  She knew a back way that I wasn't about to try and do.  I knew I would get lost and then starve to death in the mountains only 20 feet from someones house because I didn't know where I was and how to get home.  SOOOOO pathetic.  But, I know my limitations.  

I think I'm rambling.  (It's the cold, I'm delirious)

So,  Halloween costumes are almost done.  It has been great fun sewing dresses for little girls again. 
Christmas is coming.  Aren't these great Christmas decorations?  This was in Massachusetts in the 60's.  I was 9 and my sister was 8.  Snow was a big change for us Californians.