Monday, November 18, 2013

Bumblebee Dress by Sewing Mama RaeAnna

Welcome to my sewing blog!  Very under used the last two years, I'm hoping to document my projects here instead of on Facebook since I have begun sewing a lot more lately.  Ilaria Eve is what I was going to call my boutique if I ever had one, named after my first two daughters, my third daughter will just have to be happy that she's going to have the cutest wardrobe every what with her getting everything I've sewn for the other two.

My newest pattern, due to it just being released and therefore on sale, is the Bumblebee Dress by Sewing Mama RaeAnna.  I'd seen a few of the testers pictures and wasn't overly impressed, until I saw a glimpse of the bodice that Climbing the Willow did on it.  That had me sold.  It is so very Well Dressed Wolf in style if you tweak it a little bit.

I printed the pieces immediately - two things I love about the pattern right off: 1. The pieces have star outlines on each page joint.  This makes lining them up SO much easier than any other PDF I have worked with and 2. This pattern has sizes 3 months to 12 years.  Amazing and fantastic!  I'm sure my kids will always be in need of at least two sizes meshed into one for proper fit.  

Picking fabric was somewhat perplexing.  I'm trying to use what I have before I can buy more, unless something is for a specific project (like fabric I just got for Hazel's cowboy quilt).  And I wanted to cut it out now, so I needed to go with what is already pre-washed which makes the large cuts I have from Grandma's garage out.  I ended up picking a piece of navy blue with white polka dots that I bought from someone's de-stash for super cheap earlier in the year and am pairing it with white for a pin-tucked yoke like Climbing the Willow did. Instead of the bodice ruffles I am going to use red piping that I got from Walmart clearance 2 or 3 years ago.  This dress will be for Eve, my goal is to cut it out tonight and perhaps start the sewing on it as well, we'll see how the little ones co-operate with that plan. 

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