I haven't posted yet this month, and there's a reason for that--I haven't sewn a stitch since I finished the 1946 dress and go withs. Instead, I've been gathering--gathering fabric, patterns, and gearing up for more wintery projects, like a new coat for Evie. Today, though, part of that ends. Baby is getting a new outfit! Last month, my sister-in-law, Joanna, went to visit her grandparents. Now, her grandma was a big quilter and has a large stash. Apparently, she liked what I've made for Little Bits, so she gave Joanna around a yard of fabric for me to make Evie a new dress from. I gathered all my size 2s... which, believe me, I have a lot of them! And Joanna picked the pattern.
I'm making the dress, panties, and jacket. I don't have enough fabric to make the shirt and pants, and Evie won't wear hats, so since this is the pattern Joanna decided on, it's the way to go. The overlay and jacket are in old rose Symphony Broadcloth, and the donated fabric is black with an almost Oriental floral pattern on it. I found a rose patch for the overlay that goes very well with the fabric, and I got some fancy, but inexpensive, buttons for the jacket. I haven't decided if I'm going to use them on the back of the dress yet. They're the kind of buttons that you want to show off. This being a Vogue pattern, the instructions are fairly useless, so is it any wonder I've been putting it off? I've actually had this cut out for over a month. In fact, I recut the sleeves today because Gracie's arms have grown and they would have been too short. The old sleeves will probably end up as quilt patches. Today, I will try and sew the dress and panties together. The only tricky part of the jacket will be the folded tucks that go around it. I'll do my transfer trick to get them straight and even. And set my machine for 1/4 inch seams. I'll post updates on this project later on. Heck, there are several requests for a review of this pattern over on Pattern Review. People have reviewed the panties, but not the rest of the pattern!