Miss Millie had a birthday, and her mama made her this dress. She has been wanting to sew some new clothes for spring and summer, but would like them to mysteriously appear without so much as a snip of the scissors, so I secretly sewed this for her when she was off at a friend's house for a few hours. She told me later that she saw the scraps in the garbage can, so she figured I had made something! These kids sure get smart as they grow up!
Millie is now 13 ... all three kids are now teenagers!
She picked out the fabric from my stash, saying she wanted to go back to more floral, feminine dresses after spending the last year in mostly solid colored skirts and knit shirts. I love that she has her own style, no matter what other kids her age are wearing; it's a sign of maturity, I think. She told me today the dress made her look like a woman! A sweet little lady, for sure, I said.
The fabric is Love's Bouquet by Holly Holderman, which I had been planning on listing in my Etsy shop, CutSewCreate, but this is a much better use for it. The pattern is See & Sew 501 which I could only find on Amazon. It's from 1997, the good ol' days! I have a friend who sews most of her clothes, so I called her and asked her for a good go-to jumper pattern, and this is the one she recommended, having used it for herself for years. It is a pullover dress with a gathered, slightly raised waist. I added ties to make it narrower at the waist. I knew Millie wouldn't like it without a bit of cinch there.
So here's to my happiness that the days of sewing for Millie are not gone after all!
I have begun my next custom quilt order, a queen-sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi fabrics. It is so fun when a customer chooses fabric I haven't worked with yet! The fabric is so pretty, and without the purple it reminds me so much of my mom.
Jacob's Ladder is a very simple pattern with precuts - half-square triangles made with charm packs and 4-patch blocks made with jelly rolls. Missouri Quilt Co. has an excellent for a Jacob's Ladder quilt tutorial on YouTube.
I got a 4.5" Bloc-Loc ruler just for this project, and I really like it! The HSTs are trimmed up "zip zap zup". That saying comes from Froggy books which we loved to read when the kids were little. I did find it necessary to use my rotating cutting mat rather than spin the ruler and block around as shown in the tutorials, but the ruler is still very useful as it stays in place when a regular ruler without the groove tends to move at the slightest touch.