Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A little unselfish sewing ...



Every once in a while, I sew for someone other than myself. Ok, not a lot, but a little bit. Christmas gifts for sure, and I always make something special for Ashley and Darrin, for their annual trip out to the San Diego ComicCon. This year, Ashley sent me some fabric for a dress - how cute is this! And do you think she likes Hello Kitty...

Darrin got a new rubber loop bracelet, his favorite, in black and gray. Who would have thought - these bracelets are a big hit with my son and grandson as well. In fact, I just got a special order for a couple in Florida Gator orange and blue.

But back to the dress, I've made this pattern about 5 times now for my girl. I drafted it several years ago from a pattern that looks nothing like this dress!



And a couple weeks ago, Ashley came over to help me with a surgery. It meant so much to me - she took FMLA from work, and it was such a comfort to have her with me. Not to mention how much she helped me afterwards. Before she came over, I made her a thank-you dress, in a little fancier fabric that she can wear with a shrug for casual Fridays.



(And I'm doing great. Not quite ready to model clothes yet, but almost there.)

Meanwhile, the super-nice person who helps me with yard work and small fix-ups around the house, and his wife, are expecting a little girl, their second child, this month. They're originally from Morocco, and I think it must be hard not to have any family nearby. I wanted to make something a little different for them, and at first I thought might do little flannel blankets. And then I remembered how popular gauze swaddling blankets are now with new moms. And how perfect for our Florida heat and humidity.


I started with a 5-yard x 44" wide piece of cotton gauze, which I thought would be enough for 4 blankets, 44' square. Nooo... when I pre-laundered it and took it out of the dryer, it was 2 feet shorter than when it went in! So enough for three blankies.

To finish the edges, I pressed out about 1" along the side seams, cut off the selvedges, and simply sewed a double-fold hem all the way around.


After another wash and dry, they are so nice and soft and airy. I want one!


Double Eye Needles


Before I could manage the stairs up to the sewing loft, I indulged in some online shopping - nothing wrong with my fingers! I finally got around to ordering a couple things I really need, both from Nancy's Notions - what a fun site, it has lots of interesting things I don't see everywhere.

I love double-eye needles for sinking serger tails back through the stitched seam - and I haven't found them anywhere else, in shops or online.  I lost one of my two needles somewhere in the sofa a couple weeks ago. Panic. At 2 for $2.75, they are a great tool. They also come in a pack of 10.


Tracing Paper



And I ordered 2 rolls of tracing paper. I really go through this stuff - just give me paper, scissors, and tape, and I'm happy.

These are 77 yards long and 21" wide, two rolls for $15 (it can be ordered by the single roll as well). What a good buy, much less than I've been paying at A.C. Moore. To make this a totally guilt-free little purchase, I also found a free shipping coupon online :-)

What next? Well, I'm back to sewing now. Before the surgery, I cut out and prepped a few garments - I knew that part would be difficult for a while. Fun stuff - Kathryn Brenne's new Vogue 9135 jacket, a Wiksten top re-drafted with a little swing, a Kwik Sew 2895 denim jacket, and a Morris blazer in black ponte. 

So I'm staying busy and grateful for such an easy recovery.

Bye for now - Coco

12 comments:

  1. Get well soon Coco. Love those swaddling cloths. I'm sure they will be much appreciated!

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    1. Thanks, Val. The little one was born yesterday! and they named her Rania. What a pretty name.

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  2. Get well soon!
    I look forward to your blog and always open yours first...

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    1. Sandra, what a nice compliment. And I miss my blog when I can't sew or write, and feel out of touch with my blog buddies. Thank you so much...

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  3. What lovely and fun dresses, I'm sure your daughter loves them. Also the gauze blankets look so lovely, fluffy and white! Another brilliant gift. I hope you feel better soon, and back to selfish sewing. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm better every day and started something new - for me! - this morning. Feels good.

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  4. What a great gift! Up here we swaddle with fleece but I can see how the cotton gauze swaddlers would be perfect and much appreciated in your Florida climate. Very thoughtful gift.

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    1. Thanks, Bunny. And you never know - it gets hot up there too! I seriously want one.

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  5. Well, glad to hear you are on the mend. Love those swaddling blankets, Now that would be a perfect summer layer blanket for just about anyone! Great dresses.

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    1. thanks, Theresa. I bet even pups would like these!

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  6. That dress is absolutely adorable. What fun!

    And I had not heard about the use of the gauze for babies. Grand idea! I plan to *borrow* your idea. Hope that's OK.

    So glad you are feeling better too.

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    1. Thanks, Martha, and feel really good! Borrow away - I wish I had thought to make these for my little ones, but we all used flannel.

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco