So the sew-a-thon for our little girl continues, I think I have about 6-8 dresses in various sizes that I have in train and am finalising. I sew most days and on the days when I am tired, my little boy is a sleep and I don’t feel like sewing, I think “what if the baby came early???” This is enough to motivate me to get things progressed as far as possible and to sit a while at the machine. Let there be no unfinished object for those early dresses.
There are a couple that remain unfinished purely because I am waiting for some custom buttons- I have just put in an order with Pat Mahoney of Pat’s Custom Buttons and Belts… you just can’t beat the beauty of a handmade, wholly custom garment… I decided that it would be a shame to stop at the buttons. After all, the dresses will be treasured long after they cease to be worn.
So where do you find your inspiration? A pattern is a pattern, but from my perspective its how the pattern is made- fabric selection, trims etc that can really make it something special. I have been drawing quite a lot of inspiration from vintage children’s books… I love this Ladybird book “The Party (from the days when kids really dressed up and played party games like “hunt the thimble”)!
And on the “rest of life” front our roses are due to arrive from Treloar Roses today for planting this weekend… all David Austin blooms…another little side project that I want in place before little girl gets here. I certainly won’t have time to plant or do much more than a bit of pruning in the first couple of years!