...of having these stitches, if you never use them. I rarely use the decorative stitches on my machine. I don't own an embroidery machine for two reasons: 1. I'd rather hand embroider, and 2. the cost of the machines!!!!
I finished Miss K's dress for Easter, using the pattern below. I made the view of the pink one in the center of the pattern front. It looked a little "grannyish" to me, though. So.......
I embellished this white satin ribbon with a machine decorative stitch and then added the blue satin ribbon bow. I definitely think this "youngs" it up a little. Afterall, Miss K is not quite 11 yet. She liked this pattern and fabric, though. The fabric isn't photographing exactly as it really looks.
Here's a little closer look at the ribbon. The only gathers in this dress are in the sleeve caps. The front and back skirt, as well as the sleeve hems are pleated.
A close up of the back zipper. I rarely put in zippers in my kids' clothing, but this dress called for it and I thought it worked. I usually just add a little fabric to the center back to accommodate the button overlap when a pattern calls for a zipper.
Below is the hat that I showed you in my last post. But, now it is all taken apart to use as a pattern.
Someone asked what fabric I am using. This is a heavy and fairly stiff cotton herringbone that I had in my stash. I think that if I add a few layers of interfacing and have two layers of the fabric for the brim, it will be plenty stiff enough. I think I have figured out how to make the back of the brim curl up. It may not work, but if it does, I'll show you how I did it. I will adjust the size as I go along. This was a woman's hat, by the way. I don't think it would be a whole lot too big for our Big Little Man. I'm not sure what kind of hat I'll be making for Little Little Man.here.