I made this sundress for Emory, the 20 month old who lives out West. Since she's a "desert baby" she needs a sun bonnet. I made these completely from fabrics, mostly leftovers from other projects, that were in my fabric closet. These are the patterns I used. The bonnet is Simplicity 2908 and the dress is a McCall's Easy stitch 'n save 5369. I made the dress almost exactly to the directions. I added a lining to the bonnet. I like things to be finished on the inside and out. My Univ. of TN Smokey is coming in handy for displaying some of my creations!!!
I took the dress to show my mom at the nursing home last night and took orders for 4 of these in just a couple of minutes.
Two of the employees want them for their grand daughters (2 each). They also want the sunbonnets, even though they haven't seen one. I'll take this one today to make sure they do want one for each dress. They both want me to just pick whatever fabrics I want.
I probably have enough fabrics in my stash to make these, but I think I'm going to go purchase fabrics expressly for these dresses so I can keep up with exactly how much $$ I have in them.
In the past I have just come up with a price that was based on very little reasoning. If I intend to get into the business of sewing for $$$ I've got to actually make some profit, right?
How do I know how much to charge for my time???
I got my labels made, too. These aren't what I plan to ultimately use. I need to purchase some professionally made ones, but I made these on my computer and printed them out on iron-on fabric sheets that are designed for going through the printer. They are supposed to be washable, etc... So, they will do for now. Notice I made different ones for my grands and for other folks. he one for my grands says, "Made by Granmomma with love in every stitch!" The other says, "Julia's Sew Sweet and Special Occasion Clothing for Children."
I am showing the inside of the hat with the label ironed in it.
The other project I have completed is the towel head wrap for my little Emory. I posted once about how I made these as Christmas gifts for my DDs and SILs. Emory wants to use her mom's so I made her one of her own. I'll need to make them for the other DGDs too.
I thought I could get at least two from this towel and I probably could have if I had been smart about how I cut it out. The ones I made as gifts before were made from regular thin towels (you don't want a bulky towel for this), but I saw this when walking through Walmart one day and thought I'd try it. What a mess it made when I cut it!!! Blue fuzz all over my sewing room! You can see it on my ironing board. It'll vacuum up, though.
I, of course made Emory's much smaller than the adult size which is pictured here. Emory's is the blue one with the binding.
This is the easiest thing I've ever made. There is a button on the part that fits over the forehead and a loop of elastic on the other end. There is a loop of ribbon on the crown of the head part to hang it up by when you aren't using it. You simply fit it over your head and twist it turban style and loop the elastic over the button. Voila! It isn't bulky like a regular towel and stays in place. I actually purchased mine years ago. I bought two sets of two and split them for my 3 DDs and one for me. Mine is so stained and old that I decided the girls needed new ones. I haven't made nyself a new one, yet, but I will, maybe, sometime, when I get all these other projects done.
Now, I've got 4 more little dresses and bonnets to add to my list. This is what I said I wanted to do, didn't I?? I really am excited; I'm just nervous about the time involved.
It's on to the cutting table to work on Kellen's and Little Man's outfits for their birthdays that
are coming up very soon.