Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WIP Wednesday ~ Sewing Challenge and Birthday Girl Plans

Does anyone else feel like they spent half of their sewing challenge time tracing patterns from crazy Japanese sewing books? Sometimes I even kept on tracing extra patterns just for the fun of it. Fun. Yeah. (Only being slightly sarcastic, I do kinda like it.) But why can't the patterns include seam allowances? Cause then I still have to go all around with a little ruler marking one centimeter away, well actually that was the part I was finding extra fun...

So here is the top that did get completed last week, from the too cute book Girly Style Wardrobe. Though actually it's a very altered pattern from that book. This is for Chloe, it is almost too big, but acceptable I think.

The back has much more red in it, I like the combination, good colors for Chloe.

I am working on a similar one for Chessa too, but altered it even more. I decided she needed a softer neckline so I'm doing it curved instead of square.

Chessa, she is the birthday girl, 6 years old next Monday! Oh my goodness! (Please excuse while I freak out for a moment.) So birthday sewing/crafting plans... the top, which at one point was going to be a dress, but now switched back to a top again. I don't know if I'm okay with this though, I always make the girls dresses for their birthdays, maybe I will add a skirt.

I am also making her a doll. Yes, I made her a doll for her birthday last year, (the blonde one), this year I am making her a teeny tiny doll. Cause she likes teeny tiny things. My sweet little teeny tiny child...

Hopefully a couple other things will find time to be made also. I have been wanting to make her a headband (I am making Chloe a bonnet for her birthday, Chessa already has hers), and would like to make her a small pillow also. Really I would love to make her a small lap quilt, but let's be realistic here... Either way I'm sure I'll be up sewing till 1AM on Sunday night...

I guess that's all for now. I may be back to share a special Chessa story later this week, or perhaps after the weekend.

Happy day to you all!

21 comments:

6512 and growing said...

That top is beautiful!
Happy almost-birthday!

Grace said...

The top turned out SO cute! I have that book. You're inspiring me to actually give it a try!

MaCa said...

Very cute top, I wish I had a little girl to make clothes for. I've got to find some cute boy patterns or make some of my own.

Angela Mobley said...

such beautiful sewing...again, your girls are so very lucky and blessed.

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

very, very pretty top!

Marilyn in NM said...

Those were wonderful days when I would sew for my little girl, now 30. You've done a great job and any little girl would love it!
Marilyn in Aztec

Naturalearthfarm said...

Wow Renee,
That shirt is so sweet - I just love it.
so much talent.
Warm wishes, Tonya

momma rae said...

love the top! now, i know my own child is aging, but to think that sweet little chessa is going to be 6!! my, oh my. i would love to hear a special chessa story.

things will soon calm down around here. i will get past may faire on sunday and next week is our last at school. let's please catch up on the phone soon!! i miss you. i love you. rae

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Oh that top is just PERFECT!! And I have to laugh becuase we love that book (pictured behind it) and I am always looking at it admiring the outfit Emily is wearing and wanting to sew a bunch for the girls <3 You know you are one of my biggest inspirations for sewing, right?!
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Marina said...

What an adorable, adorable top! My mom used to make my clothes and through you, I now can see all the love and care that went into them. Happy almost birthday to your sweet Chessa :)!

sara farmama said...

Oh I love that top! It's so perfect for Miss Chloe....she does look stunning in red! You've got me wanting to try some of those patterns now! Oh my gosh!!!!!!! I got to hear Chessas voice yesterday! And she had a lot to say! Lets just say....that made my day!
Sending love,
Sara

Twig and Toadstool said...

Love the top...and I'm going to have to check out that book! I have stacks upon stacks of beautiful fabric just waiting to be made into sweet little things for my girls! Thank you for inspiring!
Maureen

Earth Mama said...

Enjoy your weekend and birthday fun. Your dress turned out adorable!

:)Lisa

Hip Mountain Mama said...

I love the top...and can't wait to see how the doll turns out!
funny, you drove by our old house...I miss it so much! hope all is well in the forest!
suzy

the nest said...

Cute! I tend to put off working w/my patterns which need to be transferred, but ultimately I'm happy that I did. I've got that book too, maybe I'll look it with new eyes this weekend!

Catherine said...

Oh My God! This is so gorgeous, Renee! My girls love that book (for some reason, she is Annicka in French!). I bet they would LOVE a dress like this one! You are such a great seamstress!

Kelly said...

Beautiful sewing, Renee! Wishing Chessa a wonderful, happy birthday for next week.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

oops. My comment meant for this post printed to the post below, I think.
Wish more of the Japanese books would be translated to English!
Nicola

Melanie said...

Sooo, pretty, Renee! I wish we lived closer- it would be fun to sew together. :)

Heather said...

Oh Renee! That is so so beautiful. I love the fabric choices, and the look and feel of the dress. Just an amazing piece for you little girl

Ginny said...

Beautiful dress! And you are kidding about enjoying adding those seam allowances, right???