This dress really looks cuter in person. Even my husband thought so. But, here it is anyway. Remember, I started with 4 different fabrics: 3 black and white cotton prints and a fine welted black corduroy. After cutting the 3 prints into strips, sewing them together into stripes, then zigzagging all the seams, I cut across the stripes into strips, turned everyother one in the opposite direction, then sewed them together into stripes again. Again, I zigzagged all the seams. I really didn't want all those frayed seams inside this dress. Then, when I still didn't have quite enough fabric, I pieced the sleeves, and used the black corduroy for the placket, under collar, collar, cuffs, and sleeve tabs. Rather than make a tie from the fabric, which would have been bulky, I used this black and white polka-dotted ribbon that I had in my ribbon stash. White buttons completed the dress. I tried to take closeups of the placket, collar and cuffs, but my lighting was all off.
Below, is a picture of a toy hammock that I made while I was in AZ for the girls' playroom. I should have made it a little bigger, but you know what they say about hindsight. I put grommets in the back center and on each end. Actually the ends are gathered into two sections, front and back, because I felt that there would be too much thickness for the grommets to go through. I love the wooden letters in the windows that spell PLAY. The other window has GIGGLE in it. The giraffe was given to Lil E by her Grammy. She loves her to dress GiGi in dress up clothes.
My daughter covered this 3-D cardboard "B" to match the nursery fabrics. She covered the edges with pink polka-dotted fabric to match the curtain fabric. She has this hung above the crib, now. The "B" is for the new grand's first name. Isn't that clever!
Today, I am going to make some props for the next puppet show that our Heavenly Hands Puppet Team at church is going to present at a fall festival in the next town up from ours. We are going to do a show about different Bible stories that all children are taught in Sunday School: Noah's Ark, Jonah, Daniel in the Lion's Den, The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock, and the Golden Rule. We are starting off with the B. I. B. L. E. song.