Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Easter Dress: An Amendment

I decide that the ribbon that I had sewn on the hem, but had ended up going uphill and downhill was going to drive me crazy, so I pulled it out, and did it again with fresh ribbon. It turned out...much better. Hitty Jubilee is so patient!

Happy Easter!

May All Of Your Projects Work Out Perfectly!

The Easter Dress

Being a week before Easter, Hitty Jubilee felt it was time for another dress.

The pretty fabric I ordered in the mail arrived just in time to make another pink, floral dress. At this point, the story should be titled

"Another Lesson in When to Leave Well Enough Alone".

This morning, I experimented with a fancy stitch on my sewing machine. I have previously only done straight stitches and zig-zag stitches. I made an apron from the last piece of peach fabric, embellishing it with a fancy, looping stitch. It wasn't perfect, but it was okay. When I finished the dress, the apron ended up being too bulky, and just covered up the dress. Not an asset.
For the dress, I ventured from cuffed sleeves to elastic sleeves, which I had done in the size for a 9 inch doll, but not in this size. The elastic sleeves turned out to be wiggly, but I finally got a bodice that was well done. In fact, even the skirt went on well, and I had a perfect little dress.
Please Insert "Leave Well Enough Alone."
Because since I was not using the apron, I thought I'd try the fancy machine stitch, which turned out uneven and terrible. I pulled it out, much to the dissatifaction of my fatigued eyes. Then, I did what I told myself not to do. DO NOT RIP THE FABRIC!!! was just a little bit, that I decided to cover up and secure with the ribbon trim. The dress needed something along the trim. And then I noticed that the ribbon is not really sewn on straight. The skirt is straight. The ribbon goes a bit uphill and downhill. After working all day, I decided to let it be.

Hitty Jubilee reassured me that it is a perfectly lovely dress, and do I think all Hittys always go around in perfectly sewn, perfectly perfect clothes? Probably not.
But at least I'm learning, and she may get a wardrobe of wearable clothes...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Dress

All week, Hitty Jubilee has asked for a new, pink dress.

This morning, she decided to take things one step further, and sat around in her underwear. This was a sure sign that she wanted new clothes.

Fortunately, with good basic patterns and some experience, dresses of this size can be sewn on the machine in just a few hours. I found an old fabric she liked, and took out the same dress pattern I have been using for her. She decided she liked the tuck in the skirt, which then ended up with a bit of lace along the edges.

Unfortunately, tucking the skirt up pulled it up too high for a proper Hitty, who prefers a more modest skirt length. She explained that what she really didn't like were her white socks showing so much, so we could either do a petticoat or pantalette.

Hmmmm....capri length pants (aka "pantalette") it was.

And a rose pattern 1860's look was recreated.

Happy Hitty Jubilee?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms are blooming!

I heard that soon, green leaves will replace the cherry blossoms, so I a few days ago, I climbed as high as I could up a tall cherry blossom tree!

Happy 100th Anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan to Washington DC.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Finding Spring at the Botanic Garden

The weather has been warming up nicely, so today, we went to the Botanic Garden to see what was happening with flowers.

Potted Flowers The fountain in the Moorish Garden was joyfully laughing as a lilly floated in it's pool.

On the lawn, crocus seeds had been sewn. I found one just my size (and not a stitch in it-it must have had one amazing seamstress!!!!)

Heritage Farm

The garden in front of the 1940's style farmhouse was just beginning to sprout...

...and someone had hung the laundry out!

Sasebo Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden had places for rest and repose.

I loved the waterfalls, big and small!

Several trees had budding pink flowers.

Don't my pink ribbons fit in nicely with the flowers?

We spent some more time sitting, enjoying the view before it was time to leave for the afternoon,

but a trip to the Botanic Gardens sure was a nice way to start Spring!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Madeline's World

Early this morning, I started to explore the boxes in the closet.

I found a few costumes that were just my size! I asked about the costumes, and they were left behind by a petite 8 inch girl named Madeline. She took most of her things when she moved to a new home, but left the good stuff just for me! Madeline International Traveller-Mexico

Madeline Medieval Princess
Playing dress-up just got a lot more fun!!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Dress

St. Patrick's Day is in a week!

Hitty Jubilee saw dresses that had been made for other Hittys, and wanted a dress of her own. After visiting several fabric shops for miscellaneous reasons, we quickly discoved that there were few choices for small print St. Patrick's Day fabrics. In fact, it doesn't appear to be much of a sewing holiday at all. When Hitty Jubilee saw this as a fat quarter in the quilt shop, she decided it was the perfect fabric for her St. Patrick's Day dress. I agree!

Spring Cleaning

I thought you called me over to try on a new dress.......not untangle the knots in the sewing box!!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Touch of Green

I wanted to look for some flowers today,

but I'm afraid the wind would blow me away! Fortunately, from the top of the balcony, I saw a sign of spring;

a touch of green is a most beautiful thing!

By the trunk of the cottonwood tree,

there were bugs and dandelion bursts to see!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Party in a Box

A special box came in the mail yesterday.

We were all absolutely delighted by what we found! There was a box of 6 tacos, another box with 6 chocolate cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles, 6 paper plates and napkins, and a pink table cloth!
Both girls were impressed by how delicious everything was,
but noticed that the box had items to serve a party of 6.

Georgia asked if more Little MOs or Hittys were coming to join our house and share in this colorful party. After deciding that no one was on her way yet, Hitty Jubilee quietly spoke the magic word.

In no time, four little bears joined them.
Chip smiled and said that he heard someone say "chocolate", so they all came running!

Our special goodies were made by Tes of Tiny Eclectic Studios.