My new sewing machine is here! After test driving a number of machines I decided to go with the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 850. I considered a bunch of things but this machine had the features I was looking for and didn’t break the bank. I haven’t used it too much yet — we had an insanely busy weekend — but what I have done has been wonderful. I thought that old machine was a piece of junk before.
Anyway, while quilting my doll quilt for the swap I was inspired by the parasol fabric — bought from ReproDepot but I see they don’t have it anymore — to make a pinafore with a channel quilted top. Well, as these things often do, the idea evolved in my mind and changed to a striped chenille top and the parasol fabric as the skirt. I tried out my new automatic button hole function — I love it, I’m going to buttonhole everything — to lace the straps through on the back. Amazingly, this worked out how I had seen it in my head which really doesn’t happen all that often.
Every time Katie goes up a size we have a problem with pants falling down — she needs the bigger size for length but not in the waist. The adjustable waist pants never adjust small enough and then they’re all bunched and bother her. So, I decided to take a pair of her old sized jeans and cut them off for cropped pants with a ruffle. She could wear the pants with the t-shirt only or the pinafore with the pants and without the t-shirt. Versatility — the name of the game when dressing a four-year-old with particular but changing tastes in fashion. In fact, she is currently bemoaning the fact that the pinafore has no back — she doesn’t seem to get that it’s supposed to be that way.
Thank you for all the Mother’s Day wishes. You guys are so sweet. I hope all of you had a special day too. The photo was actually taken on the way home form my parent’s house Sunday evening. The sun was low in the sky and Stefan said, The light is really good right now, we should stop. And so we did. Hopefully Papa will post some of the photos soon. If not, I’ll get them in my flickr photostream.