Sunday, August 5, 2007

Summer Dreams

The title of this post, Summer Dreams, is appropriate for two reasons. First, because I want to share Summer Dreams, the sundress I finished while on vacation, and because that vacation is, sadly, over. I went back to work today. Summer seems like just a dream. Sigh.... Where did it go?

So here is the dress, Summer Dreams, from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine. It's made of pink and white seersucker, smocked with pink floss, and features tiny pink bullion rosebuds sprinkled around the smocked waist.

This is the back. It's an adorable, but simple sundress. Savannah wore it out and about and she was cool, comfortable, and pretty all day long.

We bought a plain white t-shirt to wear under it for school. It's a little bit big on Savannah. I made a size 6 but I probably could have gotten by with the 4. AS&E garments run a little bit big, in my opinion. I figured that summer will be over soon, and I want her to still be able to wear it next spring, so I went with the larger size.

Seersucker is one of my all-time favorite fabrics. It's so cool and pretty and it looks great with smocking. This is a dress I made for Savannah when she was about 2 or 3, about the same time I made the mermaid dress from the previous post. This one is lavender seersucker and is smocked with Gwen Milner's Ballerinas. The tutus are made of 1/4 inch lace edging gathered and stitched down to each ballerina's waist. I love the 3-D effect. The dress was worn a lot and Savannah loved it. It's a little worse for wear, but that's okay. You'll have to excuse the wrinkles, this dress has been hanging in the back of the closet for some time. I think it's time to pack it up so it will be ready for a grandchild some day.

My vacation was nice, but it was just too short. I had planned to get a lot of sewing done and have lots of finished items to show for my time, but it didn't work out that way. Summer Dreams was the only project I completed. I did start smocking a BSY, and I cut out the Lizzie MacGuire/Hello Kitty dress and a Children's Corner dress, but I got precious little actual sewing done, and none at all for myself. The kids go back to school this week and we will be getting back onto a schedule, so maybe I will be able to get some sewing done in the mornings before I leave for work. And I guess there are always the weekends. Maybe I'll take a long weekend sometime before the end of the year. One can dream....

1 comment:

austin said...

This dress is adorable! I love the smocking.
Makes me wish I had a granddaughter to sew for! LOL