|Sketch and fabrics for Elinor's Thanksgiving dress.|
Those became a blouse, bloomers, and dress set. It was an adventure-- I'm still learning to budget my time with a baby in the mix, and I didn't make a mock up of the pattern I drafted. The blouse ended up too short, but I figured out a fix that wouldn't show. Elinor wore the ensemble for Thanksgiving, and looked absolutely darling!
|Showing off the sleeves and bloomers.|
|A pretty good view of the front.|
So there's that. Then I started working on Christmas projects. I had quite a few of those: a pair of stuffed dogs for my nephews, a baby's first Christmas ornament, a stocking, and a Christmas dress for Elinor, and (this one was unplanned, but lots of fun) a stocking for my younger nephew. That last one is actually the first one I finished:
|It's hard to see, but the little white spot is an elephant.|
My sister-in-law had the cool idea of using one of her son's old pajamas as trim for the stocking. My mom partnered with me. I made the pattern, which, admittedly, didn't turn out quite as I envisioned; I didn't add seam allowance, so it turned out narrower than I'd planned. I cut and sewed all the trim on and did the embroidery, and my mom did the actual construction. It turned out pretty cute!
I started the puppies before the stocking, but didn't finish them till afterward.
|The pattern in front was for the Thanksgiving dress.|
The finished dog above is my younger nephew's. I forgot to get pictures of both before I gave them to the boys for Christmas; hopefully soon I'll be able to update with pictures of both.
I couldn't find any baby's first Christmas ornaments that I liked for my baby, so I got some Sculpey clay instead! Here's what I made:
|The actual ornament is about three inches tall.|
I was pretty proud of how it turned out-- even cuter than what Hallmark had to offer this year!
Elinor's dress and stocking were the biggest project. Here's how I started:
|Sketch and fabrics|
After working on my nephew's stocking, I decided it would be cool to make Elinor's stocking out of the same fabric as her dress, if I had enough. It turns out that I did! The dress could use a tiny bit of reworking (I ran out of time to do the back seam as well as I wanted), but it's really pretty! Here are pictures:
|Dress and stocking!|
|A better photo of the dress|
|My dollbaby opening her stocking on Christmas eve.|
So, that's what I've been working on. The next few projects on my roster are for Elinor's birthday. The first is a fluffly ruffly birthday dress:
|Sketch, fabrics, and trims.|
I also want to make her a teddy bear. I'm deciding between two patterns:
|I wouldn't add the patches, and would probably |
make the eyes bigger. Plus I'd use the same
fabric for the muzzle and the main body.
|I might try to add foot pads, and would omit the|
stitch that they seem to have put in the belly.
If anyone has feedback on which pattern I should use, let me know in the comments!
Once those are done, I have several ongoing projects, plus I'll be trying something new. I've been inspired by my cousin Rebecca, who has a small crochet business (Crocheted by Rebecca on Facebook-- check it out; she's awesome), and I want to start a business of my own: Rhymes with Finesse Needle Arts. I'll start by selling small keepsake stuffed animals, made using outgrown babies'/children's clothes (or any other sentimental fabrics customers send me), and if that goes well, I might expand from there. So be looking for that starting in April or May!
So that's what's up! Thanks for reading!