Every once in a while, I sew for someone other than myself. Ok, not a lot, but a little bit. Christmas gifts for sure, and I always make something special for Ashley and Darrin, for their annual trip out to the San Diego ComicCon. This year, Ashley sent me some fabric for a dress – how cute is this! And do you think she likes Hello Kitty…
Darrin got a new rubber loop bracelet, his favorite, in black and gray. Who would have thought – these bracelets are a big hit with my son and grandson as well. In fact, I just got a special order for a couple in Florida Gator orange and blue.
But back to the dress, I’ve made this pattern about 5 times now for my girl. I drafted it several years ago from a pattern that looks nothing like this dress!
And a couple weeks ago, Ashley came over to help me with a surgery. It meant so much to me – she took FMLA from work, and it was such a comfort to have her with me. Not to mention how much she helped me afterwards. Before she came over, I made her a thank-you dress, in a little fancier fabric that she can wear with a shrug for casual Fridays.
Meanwhile, the super-nice person who helps me with yard work and small fix-ups around the house, and his wife, are expecting a little girl, their second child, this month. They’re originally from Morocco, and I think it must be hard not to have any family nearby. I wanted to make something a little different for them, and at first I thought might do little flannel blankets. And then I remembered how popular gauze swaddling blankets are now with new moms. And how perfect for our Florida heat and humidity.
I started with a 5-yard x 44″ wide piece of cotton gauze, which I thought would be enough for 4 blankets, 44′ square. Nooo… when I pre-laundered it and took it out of the dryer, it was 2 feet shorter than when it went in! So enough for three blankies.
To finish the edges, I pressed out about 1″ along the side seams, cut off the selvedges, and simply sewed a double-fold hem all the way around.
After another wash and dry, they are so nice and soft and airy. I want one!
|Double Eye Needles|
Before I could manage the stairs up to the sewing loft, I indulged in some online shopping – nothing wrong with my fingers! I finally got around to ordering a couple things I really need, both from Nancy’s Notions – what a fun site, it has lots of interesting things I don’t see everywhere.
I love double-eye needles for sinking serger tails back through the stitched seam – and I haven’t found them anywhere else, in shops or online. I lost one of my two needles somewhere in the sofa a couple weeks ago. Panic. At 2 for $2.75, they are a great tool. They also come in a pack of 10.
And I ordered 2 rolls of tracing paper. I really go through this stuff – just give me paper, scissors, and tape, and I’m happy.