This pattern has all the features I like – the flared skirt that requires no gathering and is very “twirly”, sleeveless or sleeves, and a button back closure. The fabric I am using is one of those textured fabrics that tries to look a little like seersucker and is often on sale at JoAnn. Unfortunately, if you press this fabric with a hot iron, all the texture will press out. I am using the ‘syn’ setting on the iron and doing finger pressing, which this fabric takes very well.
The embroidery design was a single flower motif with rows of concentric colors, but I changed all the inner colors to white to match the flower in the print. I was originally going to use the lace I made on the machine, but I had the inspiration to use ric rac while I was sitting in church, obviously not attending to the sermon the way I should. What can I say, my mind wanders, and I get some of my best ideas in church.
I have to incorporate ribbon somehow, as my niece loves bows and ribbons, but I will put that on last. I make up 3 or 4 dresses, but my niece has very definite ideas about what she likes, a personality trait I approve of in a child. I have had my fill of wishy washy people so my niece amuses me with her fashion sense and strong opinion, even if there is no predicting what she will like or not. Anyway, sometimes I will have a rejected dress left over, and I found out that there is a young mother in church who has a little girl the same size who actually has the same first name as my niece, so she is eager to take the ‘rejects’.
This is a busy month for us because, in addition to the holidays, we have 6 family December birthdays. Makes you wonder about the month of March.