Monday, 1 September 2014

Dresses for the granddaughters and a beard trim!

I set up the card table, with patterns
and directions on the wall.
Dorah is very tired after all this.
I don't normally post sewing projects, there are so many experts out there, but fellow grandmothers have asked about my girls' dresses and my progress.

I bought two pieces of fabric, just because I thought they were cute designs.  A couple of metres each; I didn't have a plan. I showed them to Isabelle Coccinelle and Josephine Jelly Bean, and they liked them. (Coccinelle is French for Lady beetle and rhymes with Isabelle! It's what Josephine thought Isabelle should be named - it is her nickname!)

I bought two patterns that I liked, and combined the sleeves of the one pattern, since Fall is coming, with the High-Low fancy-dancy hem pattern from the other pattern.

Princess sparkly butterflies for Jos.
Bugs for Isabelle Coccinelle.
(Isabelle & Coccinelle rhyme! It's her nickname.)
Isabelle, who likes to 'do it myself', and her mother (M.Sc.!), likes to be independent, as does Jos. I put Izzy's zipper in the front. Dressing it up a bit, I added some flouncy trim, and pockets, as good scientists need pockets!

The first thing I did was to set up the guest room as a sewing room. That really helps! The cats have been supportive, as is hubby. Buster kept me company one day, Dorah on the first day, but they get bored. Daisy likes the material, too.

I've stuck to a schedule, my morning on the computer, workout, lunch, gardening and then a shower. Then, in the late afternoon, I sit at the sewing machine, a glass of wine, with the radio on, relaxing before I prepare dinner.

I took the bodices to Prince Edward County, putting each dress in a shoebox, where we were visiting the kids who were on holiday. They were happy to see my progress while I fitted them.
It was much fun revealing them.
Fitting of the bodice for Isabelle.
She liked the idea of the zipper in front.
It didn't actually call for a zipper!
Isabelle's insect dress
The iron was NOT on!
Jos' princess dress.
The blue trim is from
my late mother's sewing basket.
Sure helps to have
supervisors, Daisy.
My Dotty Daisy!
Buster Brown helps, too.

Next, with the elastic for Isabelle's dress done, I put on the bottom fancy frills – once I figured out how short or long to make it.

The sewn gathers for Jos' dress makes it lovely and full. I had to put in the zipper next. I did the one side twice, as I heard my Mom's voice in my ear. It wasn't good enough!

Finally, I had to tack the sleeve hems and trim the loose threads.

The consensus was a lacy trim,  and high-low hems. Back to Sew Crafty for more supplies!
The pattern didn't call for a zipper,
but I thought that just dumb!
I put one in front for easy self-dressing.
"Do it MYSELF!"

Jos wanted a high-low hem, too.
I followed the pattern from
Is' dress!

They look pretty good one them, and there is room for growth! At ages 4 and 6, they are growing like mad!
Outdoors, we were preparing for Papa, who was shaving his beard for the first time since before Josephine was born. He looks about 10 years younger! We are hoping he'll be carded!
A grand visit for all!


Nancy J said...

Jennifer, these are so feminine, flouncy, and delightful, and two beautiful models, who make the photo shoot spectacular. You are a whizz with the patterns, and lovely fabric too. Cheers,Jean

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....what fancy work!! Love the colors. And the girls make sweet, cute, GREAT models.

EG CameraGirl said...

The girls look cute in their new dresses. I bet they were surprised to see what their dad looked like without his beard!

Anonymous said...

The dresses are wonderful Jenn. They sure look cute in them. I used to sew for our daughters. And Papa looks much better (my opinion) without the beard :)

Roan said...

The dresses are pretty as are the models!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely fabric, lovely dresses. Glad the cats have been supportive

DeniseinVA said...

I am very impressed with your sowing skills, and how lovely to be able to make your granddaughters their pretty dresses. They make lovely models too. Had to smile at the ending of the beard. My husband decided to grow one after he retired and though I never said much, I was so glad when he decided to shave it off :)

William Kendall said...

The cats know you need strict supervision.

After that long with a beard, he ends up looking completely different.

Anonymous said...

What lovely dresses - so cute!

Christine said...

the dresses look gorgeous Jenn!

Jeanne said...

What a great project! and there is nothing quite like these dear little girls in our lives is there.