Archive for January, 2011

Sweetie little extras

Found these darlings years ago at the thrifts. Held on to them for the right little girl and the right occasion. Ruby must have been born by then, but she would have been super teeny.

gloves embroidered

My girlfriend is teeny no more. And so a little lady with a swishy taffeta dress needs a pair of gloves to go with.

Fancy gloves, no less.

gloves embroidered close


Little girl Christmas dress: the purple version

I give my niece a handmade Christmas dress every year.

christmas tulle pins

She was about to turn 6. She might be done, next year, with giant spinning dresses. Her mother and I seized the moment, picked a giant spinning pattern.

This year, after Christmas when I landed, the sweetness went to her room to put the thing on so I could see it. Added the little embroidered gloves I sent and a silver shrug too.

It was a long time coming together. My mother helped me pick the fabric during a fall visit here.

Underlined the taffeta from the stash.

christmas dress pieces

Added the back zipper I swear matched up originally.

christmas bodice back

Handstitched the lining into the bodice so the stitches wouldn’t show.

christmas bodice lining

Added little tulle flowers made from the silver underskirt on pins so she could move them around.

christmas dress finished

Packed the whole thing with a little sweater and gloves, each marked 1-2-3.

gloves embroidered

christmas dress finished!

Strange craving

I never crave Anthropologie.

It never occurs to me to even look there.

Only my sister in law gave me spectacle-printed tights and some giant bangles for Christmas she found at Anthro.

And now I find myself wanting this dress.

Right? How very sewing blog of me. Writing about thinking about copying Anthro.

But the ruching is flattering. Lovely color. Sleeves are good, too. I think I have a pattern that’ll do this. I think it’s even a Project Runway. I know I have some gray wool kicking around, too. I hoard fabric, remember?

So can I just sit down already and do it?

Crap. Now I want this bathing suit, too.

No wonder I don’t go shopping.

Welcome home

How bee-you-tee-ful.

hello happy plant

And we didn’t miss the amaryllis. He’s so so close!

amaryllis january

amaryllis january

This trip was a weird-o. Two flights were cancelled for snowstorms in Philadelphia and up the east coast, so we got in the car and hit it.

Though I had tons of car space in which to cart back fabric, I never even went to Gaffney’s. Dunno, just wasn’t in me. Does this mean I really really live here? I have enough amazing fabric shopping options here, I don’t need to hoard from Gaffney’s twice a year?

And I’m leaving this up a while longer:

newlywed christmas tree