Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Diaper Shirt and Shorts Part 1

I always take a sewing break the week before Easter. Years ago, after finishing up all the Easter Sewing the day before, I promised myself I would not do that again! These days, I don't have little ones to sew for, but I still like having the week free to get ready for the big dinner. What a joy, to actually have time to clean, cook, and have everything ready for the gang. Although we have downsized our house by half since last year, we were still able to squeeze in 13 for Easter dinner. I furnished the ham and drinks, and everyone else brought a covered dish. Not only did we have family for the gathering, but neighbors, friends from church, and some of our kids' friends were able to come. Now, that is how I think we should celebrate!

So, now I am ready to sew again! I purchased the frog fabric while visiting The Stitchin' Post. I love the little dressed up frogs and the bright colors. Over the next few days, I will give you a glimpse of the creative process, as I make an outfit using pattern #110. Remember, this is a "creative process", so the original idea may change along the way!

First, I pulled out the pattern, frog fabric, white pique', and embroidery floss. Next, I did a sketch of what I have in mind. Taking time to make a sketch, gives me a better idea of how things will turn out, and is a wonderful excuse to play with my colored pencils.

I think that an embroidered frog on the front of the shirt might be cute. I traced one of the frogs onto tracing paper and then enlarged him, using my scanner.

In this picture, I have traced the shirt front onto the white pique' using a wash-away marker. The blue dots right above the frog indicates the collars. I used a fine tip purple marker to trace the frog onto the fabric. Why the purple disappearing marker? Because, my fine tip blue marker has dried up! I will complete the embroidery before cutting out the shirt front.

If all goes as planned, I will be able to sit outside and embroidery this evening while my husband spreads mulch in the flower beds. Stay tuned for the next phase of the project!


sewing spots said...

I'm looking forward to learning about your creative process. Love your patterns and designs! I think we've all had occasions of last minute sewing and you are right--it is awful!

Debbie B said...

After seeing that cute froggie I think I'll have to get out my diaper shirt & shorts pattern, look through my stash and start something for our 10 1/2 month old grandgirl. She looked so pretty Sunday in her lavender smocked Easter dress and today she wore finally a size 1 bishop bubble I smocked for her long before she was born. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your patterns and am enjoying your blog too.


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