Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tic Toc...I Love You All The Time

At long last!

This has got to be the oldest 
U.F.O. I have ever completed!

 India picked out this fabric all the 
way back in 2000!

I made a mistake in my last post and 
said I had bought it in 1999.

She was in second grade and just beginning to learn
how to tell time on a clock.

I cut out this dress and 
got it about half finished 
and then we packed up to move to 
New Hope, Pennsylvania. 

Somehow, I never unpacked
this to finish sewing this dress!

Ahnalin found this unfinished
dress in a box in our garage here in 
in Santa Rosa!!!

That means that this box had travelled
through several moves before 
being opened! 


For some reason,
I made the bodice with
facings instead of lining it.

especially since there was more
fabric packed with the pieces.

So, I cut out a lining 
and added interfacing.

And then the bodice looked a little
too  boring, 
so I pleated some gingham ribbon
and added a scrap 
of rick rack.

After all, 
I still adore rick rack!

How did I miss that thread?

I didn't have any buttons
in my stash that I loved 
with this fabric.

And there was no way I was going
to the fabric store to finish a
U.F.O that was 11 years old!

So, I dug through my button jar
and started layering buttons.

I liked this combo.

I had already sewn the hem band 
and pockets onto the skirt,
but I added more rick rack,
because, well, it's me!

Although I prefer button closures,
I had already put in the zipper,
so, out of a desire to just
"get'er done!",
I left the zipper in.

Ahnalin loves it!

She wanted to do "Pretty poses"
for this dress, 
so this is one of those.


And then,
of course,
the "Classic Ahnalin Pose"!

I am so glad I finally finished this little dress,
before Ahnalin grew out of it too!


In other news,
I am doing well on the "Anti-Inflammatory Diet"
and am seeing results in my hand.
After a visit to the doctor,
and blood work,
we found out that there is some kind of 
auto-immune condition going on,
but we don't know what it is.
So, I am headed to a specialist to figure that out.

I will be starting the girls Halloween 
costumes this week.

Does this give you an idea of who
both of my daughters want to be for Halloween?

Happy Sewing!


Anonymous said...

When did Ahnalin grow up so fast? The pretty pose is for sure a pretty pose. The dress is darling and our granddaughters are beautiful. Love you all so much.

Bunny said...

Love this dress and those boots are TDF! Love the pic of the "dolls".

Mrs. Bianca said...

Layering buttons! Genius!!! Ahnalin looks so grown in these photos. *tear* I can't wait to see the Halloween photos!

Praying for your doctor visit.

Tabitha said...

Oh she is growing up so fast, she is beautiful. The UFO turned out wonderful. I can't wait to see the Rapunzel costumes!!

pwnmom said...

I love it!! I wish I could sew half as well as you do! I pulled out a pattern to work on for Abigail that I did for my oldest (Elizabeth) 10yrs ago... unfortunately, part of the directions are missing (and we too have moved many times since then). So, pray for me as I try to figure this out... I don't think it'll get done in time for Trunk or Treat, but she'll hopefully have it to play dress up in (and I may have to call/email you for help figuring out how to do the zipper!). I honestly almost called you the other night when I started working on it! :)

Anyhow, I love your work... I love your passion for sewing and for your girls and for your "hot rockin' hubby." :) Hope you have a GREAT week!