Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hems! Are you tired of these dresses yet? And... a little man's shirt begun

This is the last time I'll post about these two dresses, I promise. I got them hemmed and wanted to show you how I did it. On this first dress, I barely had enough length in the skirt. Jenna has apparently grown!!! So, I cut a 5 inch strip of the fabric to go around the bottom. I sandwiched the ribbon in between the dress and this strip. I stitched all the way around, of course, and then turned the strip, ironed, and hemmed it. I'm showing a peek of the crinoline that I added the other day.

On Riley's I made 3 tiny tucks all the way around and then used a decorative stitch to do the hemming.

Here's a peek at the lining of her dress. You can see that I made French seams (on both dresses), and I made a tuck above the hem of the lining. I have the insides facing each other.

Little Man's shirt needs a pocket (for his hanky or ink pen, etc...) and buttons and button holes, and then it will be finished. Since there are no patterns for a dress shirt for a little one this size, I actually bought a shirt at a consignment shop for $3.00 to look at and go by. I've made him a couple of other shirts like this before, but it seemed easier this time. I hope to get his pants made tomorrow or Monday.

My high school class is planning our 40th reunion!!! 40th!!! Has it really been that long? It sure has; we graduated in 1970! A few of us got together today to plan. My husband and I were in the same class. We started dating our senior year. We are the only couple from our class that is married to a classmate. There were a few others, but we're the only ones who have endured this whole time! LOL! I sure hope I can get some more of these pounds off before the big date. It's in a couple of months. We are coordinating with a reunion dance that a band of our classmates had during our h.s. years. They were awesome then, and they have gotten back together after all of these years to play again. Fun!!


Jackie said...

The hems are wonderful! I love the decorative stitching and I love the solid strip of fabric. I cannot even begin to imagine sewing a toddlers dress shirt - and without a pattern! Goodness!

It sounds like you're going to have a wonderful 40th!

KID, MD said...

So beautiful! I don't mind seeing those dresses again and again. They're wonderful!! How old is your dgs? I've a couple of toddler dress shirt patterns in pretty much every size. Ottobre has a bunch, of course and Burda 9792 even has a long sleeved version. I think that Big 4 doesn't have faith that we can do sleeve plackets...

Trudy Callan said...

Julia, I never get tired of seeing the dresses you make because they are so beautiful. The hems are beautiful, too.

gwensews said...

I love your creative hems. Very nice sewing, lady. As Katie said, Ottobre seems to have some really cute, updated clothing for kids. As for the reunion, you will look as fabulous, and probably more so, than your classmates!

sonoemi said...

The hem has become perfect! Very nice dresses! The girls will be proud ;-).

Kim said...

I love the ribbon on the bottom of the first dress- it is just perfect- the pop of color at the hemline is fantastic! Never tired of seeing your sewing Julia :) What a great extra incentive for your healthy living Julia- 40 year reunion- how fun!!!

Marydon Ford said...

OMG, Julia! They are fabulous. You are so creative ... your designs & finished items are so delightful to view. The children will be adorable & shining stars in these pretties.
You are one amazing lady.

Have a wonderful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

AverettLadyNana said...

Love the green dress!! Beautiful!

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