I just finished this, well, actually, it isn't finished. I still need to block it, etc..... I see some of the pleating threads that I overlooked. First, I backsmocked, then, I made some waves in blue and white.I have never really done picture smocking correctly, but on this I decided that I wanted to do better. So, I got out a couple of my Sew Beautiful magazines and a book on smocking. I studied the correct techniques, and then I practiced a little. I couldn't find a sailboat pattern that was free, and I didn't want to wait on buying one, so I just made these up as I went along. I added the birds and then more wave stitches in blue and white across the top. This is going into a baby boy's shortall suit. It will be made from a tiny blue gingham check, and trimmed with yellow piping. I am making it for Tucker, who is the 3 month old grandson of my friend. She asked me to make it before he was even born. I am just now getting it started. I hope to be able to take it to her on Wednesday of this week.
I made a hand-smocked dress from a vintage table cloth, last week. It was embroidered and had drawn thread work on it. It was so pretty. I donated the dress to the Boys and Girls Club for a fund raiser auction. I hope it will sell and make a little money for them. I forgot to take any photos of the dress, but maybe I can go to the event and get some, or I may just go by their offices before the auction and ask if I can get some photos. I know they won't mind.
I had two teachers' meetings last week. I am going to help the teacher, whose maternity leave I'm covering, work in her room tomorrow. I hope I can stay home to sew on Tuesday. Wednesday is when the teachers first REAL meeting is. I don't think I will need to go to it, though. Thursday is when the kids register. There will be workdays and inservice days on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, then, the kids' first real day is next Wednesday, the 10th of August. I will be a full-fledged third grade teacher ( until Christmas, that is). I am looking forward to it, anxious about it, and dreading it all at the same time!!!
I will enjoy seeing my teacher friends again. I had lunch with a few of them the other day. It was so much fun!