Belated birthday dress

The fabric bought for the fifth birthday dress last year (ahem, bad mum) has finally been transformed.

I had imagined a tunic-y A-line sleeveless dress with either a contrast hem or yoke and bought yardage accordingly. That was not on with the little miss. The dress pattern she did like required more fabric than I had, so a compromise was reached.

I can attest that I still hate ruffles (fiddly, nasty things). And sometimes home-made looks a little …home-made. But there are hearts hemming the purple layer.

She’s happy. I don’t feel guilty anymore. Happy fifth birthday W, ~60 weeks late.

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Dirty feet, a sign of a successful summer.

Because it’s finally finished I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

And this was on my list for the 2017 Q3 Finish A-long.

Edited to add: the skirt has calmed down with a few wearings and washings, and I am much more pleased with it now.

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Tooth fairy pillow

My wee one had a wiggly tooth a month or so ago. I thought I had time enough to make a tooth fairy pillow before the tooth fell out. But I forgot about older sisters.

B helped things along and ripped that tooth out around 8:45 one night (well after lights out). Both girls piled into the living room, one holding the tooth aloft and the other jutting out her bleeding gum, both ecstatic. We started work on the tooth fairy pillow the next day.

But it got put away for a while forgotten about, and then W had another wiggly tooth. I found the fairy fabric again but moved slowly. Darned if that new wiggly tooth didn’t get yanked out the next day! W did it herself, at school so that she would get the coveted plastic tooth-shaped tooth holder necklace. That afternoon we made the pillow in about half an hour.

 

Not fabrics I would have chosen or how I wanted to make it, but W is very, very happy with her pillow. She was most adamant that the tooth fairy needed to look like a fairy, not a tooth. Luckily I had a few of these fairy charm squares I bought for 50¢ at a garage sale a while back.

I had no polyfil so I folded up a skinny strip of batting; this is the flattest pillow ever.

All scraps, yay. And finished, extra yay. This was on my 2017 FAL Q2 list.

It amazes me how different two kids can be. B had a strong hand in making her pillow years ago. For this one the tooth goes in the mouth, money in the pocket on the back. This tooth fairy pillow was inspired by this one here.

 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt of course!

The Day on Which I Affix Many Crests to a Camp Blanket

Have you heard this expression before? “If it weren’t for the last minute I wouldn’t get anything done!”

Exhibit R:

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Girl Guides wrap up was tonight and since it was an outdoor event, we thought this might be a great opportunity to use her camp blanket. There really are too few places one can sport a crest-covered camp blanket.

All but ten of these were sewn on after school today. I made B work as my thread jockey, bringing me the colour I needed next. And yes, I had the right colour thread for each of the coloured borders.

xlapel-stick-pagespeed-ic-phwnybdniqHave you ever seen this? It’s a glue stick that works better than well, a glue stick. B worked out her placement of the crests and used this to hold them in place while I stitched everything on. Nothing budged as I shoved a large blanket round and round and through the machine.

Happy to brag this was invented in the city I live! And I hear this is excellent for basting hexies and probably paper piecing too.

Non-quilt sewing

Nine years ago I started doing something that is now a tradition in my family; each year I make my daughters a dress for their birthdays. I give them a short list of patterns to choose from and I allow them considerable veto power over fabric choice and decisions.

This year B wanted overall-shorts but I re-directed her to just shorts.

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These are longer than hotpants if you can believe it.

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I personally wouldn’t have chosen sparkly stretch denim, but then I’m about 30 years too old for that to be my favourite.

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And if you’re working with sparkly stretch denim then sparkly rainbow metallic thread is a good choice too.

I’ve never done that style of pocket before. Nor that kind of fly zipper. Last night was a steep learning curve, but a quick one. Start to finish was less than three hours. And B is tickled to death with these.