Summer Is Sundress Season

While I love sewing all of the items in the shop, without a doubt, one of my favorite to put together is the super cute sundresses made using white eyelet fabric.  When they’re made as flowergirl dresses for a wedding it just makes me smile — knowing that my creations are going to take part in such a beautiful day.

Over the last two weeks I’ve had orders for 5 of these little cuties.  With each dress using almost 5 yards of fabric (between the top skirt and the underskirt layer) it means my sewing room has been a cloud of fluffy whiteness!  It also means taking even more care to not have anything in the room (especially dirty hands!) that could get the gorgeous fabrics dirty.

One of the aspects I love about the dresses is the ability to customize the ribbon detail at the bottom of the skirt.  While most customers order the ribbon in simple white grosgrain, sometimes I have one made to order with colors matching the wedding theme.

White Eyelet Sundress with Pink Ribbon Detail

The last order I shipped wanted light pink to match her wedding colors — super cute and perfect for a little flowergirl!

Happy Sewing!

 

Part-Time Assistant

With her big sister away at camp this week — and a new found discovery of how to climb the kitchen chairs — my smallest one has decided to turn Stitch To Stitch into a family business.  Right now she prefers photo editing, responding to emails/convos and the ever popular posting on facebook.

To be safe, every time I walk away from the computer I have to force it to hibernate/sleep AND shut off the (wireless) mouse!  She’s too smart already.

A Tall Order

Sometimes the hardest part is believing in yourself…

My Dad has one dress suit — one that my grandmother made for him YEARS ago.  As long as I can remember he’s had this suit.  As a dairy farmer he doesn’t have reasons to dress up regularly so it only gets pulled out for the typical need-to-wear-a-suit occasions.  This also means he doesn’t have a huge necessity to buy something new.  After who knows how many years the suit is starting to show its age.  Not to mention, over the last 10 years or so, we’ve started to jokingly give him a hard time about it and have encouraged him to buy something new.

I should also mention that my Dad is tall and thin.  Buying a suit off the rack is more difficult for him than most.  He needs everything really narrow through the chest/torso/waist while long in the arms and inseam.  Part of me thinks this is part of the hesitation in buying something new.  My grandmother was able to tailor this suit specifically to his frame.

A couple weeks ago I was back in the Midwest for a funeral and the suit came out of the closet.  When he was putting it back away he sincerely asked me if I could bring it back to Idaho and use it as a pattern to make him a new one.  My first thought was, “no way, no how! I don’t know how to make a suit.” 

I started thinking about all the detail in the construction and the pricey materials needed.  I started thinking about the struggles of working with slippery lining material and keeping my cool when keeping it in place for sewing.  All I could think was that I’m honestly not that good/experienced of a seamstress.

Since coming home, I’ve thought a lot about his request. I’m still not confident in my ability to do it.  Especially without a written pattern to follow.  Now that I’ve spent some time researching “sewing a men’s dress suit” on the internet the task seems even more daunting! 

What has really stuck with me, is that even though I don’t believe in myself, HE believes I could do this.  I just wish it was something I felt confident in tackling for him.

 

Saturday Pattern Sharing 7/7/12

I’m changing it up a little today!  This pattern isn’t for a wearable item, but instead a great idea for all the little girls AND boys in your life!  I’m thinking that with a few modifications it would be easy enough to put together with a hot glue gun if you’re not the sewing type.  😉

This fun pattern/tutorial comes from Everyday Celebrations and would make a fantastic gift for the toddlers in your life.  Certainly a project I need to find time to put together for my 18-month old.  Although truthfully it would be easier if someone with a cricut/silhouette could be convinced to cut the letters out for me!

Happy sewing!