Time for another installment! I figured the wait until New Year's Eve with Kate visiting was as good a time as any to actually get started on our Blue Bees dress. And the first step is designing. I had the dress design in my head, but contrary to popular belief Kate and I don't actually share a brain and she wanted a sketch. Fair enough. I used a website that specializes in real bodies for fashion sketches to aid my poor art skills.
There are more bodice pattern generators online than you might think. Our heritage has betrayed us in the past though, as the German bodice worked best, followed by Italian. But this was our attempt at an English dress, so I went with a pattern generator I'd used before with mixed results.
In true Sound of Music fashion, the fabric mock up was made of old curtains. Honestly, I was just happy I got the sleeve pattern generator to work for the fitted sleeves I had planed for later. The V-front design has been modified for our rounder torsos, and the lacing was planned for the front sides.
Our poor nephew doesn't stand a chance with two aunts like us.
A couple of years ago, I made my goddaughter a child's size vintage style apron for her birthday, as her parents were getting her a play kitchen. I'm sure her mother oooh'd and awww'd over it more than she did.
Earlier this fall, I had visited and helped my nephew make a spice cake using the child size (but fully functional!) cooking tools I'd gotten him for his birthday in the summer. He was thrilled with the result! But also covered in cake batter,..
So while I did choose a couple things from his wish list suggested by my brother and sister-in-law, I knew right away what I wanted to make for my nephew - I knew an apron would be a welcome present.
Isn't it the cutest? I found a simple, free pattern online for a toddler size apron, and I happened to have enough vinyl-coated grey and white chevron fabric leftover from a lunch bag project a few years ago due to a minor miscalculation. I always seem to have excess bias tape lying around; the red contrasted so nicely, and I think added a slightly boyish/masculine touch. The "L" is for my nephew's first name, and so he'd know exactly who the apron is for.
After he understood what it was, he was thrilled! Not the least because along with the apron, we had promised we would use it to help him make a special treat. To go with the apron, Rachel gave him the ingredients for a Wake Up smoothie. It's one of the first recipes we remember learning to make, and we were so excited to pass it on:
I'm sure this is only beginning of us being able to pass on our passion for taking care of your loved ones by making yummy food to share!
It's no secret I'm not a fan of winter. I mean, I don't shut down or anything (at least not completely...), but I'm definitely not as interested in pursuing my creative projects. The projects I do work on tend to be short-term with a quicker pay-off
So, when I saw this flannel on sale at my local fabric store, it spoke to me.
Part of a fandom I like? Check.
One of my favorite colors? Check.
A non-childish print? Check.
I happened to have a men’s/boy’s pajama pattern from the late '90's/early 2000's (Simplicity 9900). It's no longer in stores, but you can buy it "on demand" from Simplicity. I had a length of elastic leftover from the scholar costume, so it was the work of one evening, and I was relaxing into that Danish hygge feelin' - or gemütlichkeit feelin', if I want to be more true to my Germanic roots.
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!