This dress would fit a 6-12 month old baby and will be in my shop after the Fourth of July
The other day, I was on a roll and made all these little dresses in one day. Getting close to being ready to have my booth at the Vintage Fair.
As we go through life we invest time and energy into different things and some of them work and/or you just enjoy them and others hopefully can be a bit profitable. When I first retired after teaching for eight years for The Art Institute I painted furiously, and joined a cooperative art gallery. I sold a few pieces and actually sold another this week; but found I was giving more to local auctions than actually selling. Hummm…. What next?
Wrote a Slug Wars book, self-printed and took to several shops. It sells a little and people seem to like it. I went to class to learn how to collage on boxes, made a few and sold several of my Paris design, but still wasn’t satisfied.
Started sewing for my beautiful granddaughter Claire and I think after forty years of not sewing I might have found my new passion. I love putting together fabric for little girls dresses and will see where this adventure takes me. The artist in me loves seeing what different combinations I can put together. The ones featured here are fun everyday dresses made quickly with T-shirts and a yard of fabric.
Almost forgot to photograph this one and post. This is a size 5 with a matching hat. I am going to be charging $65 for the dresses that are non-T-shirt dresses as they take several hours to make and the fabric is about $25. Not a lot of room for profit.
Made these two today in size 12 Month and 3T that are similar, but a little different. Another fun day sewing in my studio. Love big prints on little girls.
Still coming up with ideas for the thought of having a space in a local vintage market and enjoying the process of sewing and making a few accessories to sell. Yesterday made three little dresses and will post the third one when I take a photo.
Wonder what we did before digital cameras, instant posts and life in the fast lane. Does anyone even remember a telephone booth, or a party line or home economics in high school? So much has changed and so little has changed in the same time.
Texting has taken the place of talking and the place of typing…
Little girls rare still little girls and love fun dresses to make them smile. BTW I had to make a couple more dresses for the girls, so they could wash the ones I made for them. Too Cute!
Yesterday my first mannequin arrived and I have decided it needs a name. I would name it after my granddaughters, but they are going to quickly outgrow the mannequins. Sure makes it more fun to photograph the dresses.
I have been asked to join a local Vintage Market with some of my original sailor dresses, so will be busy the next week or so sewing nautical dresses.
My blog seems to be transforming from artwork (oil painting) to designing children’s clothing. I love the design process and love the joy making dresses for adorable little girls and plan to add some boy toddler clothes in the future.
I decided to try to come up with some fun throw pillows, more for sale than personal use; so made this one this afternoon, using a piping foot for the first time.
This last Friday my next door neighbor’s granddaughter beautifully modeled two of my recent dress designs. The top one shown here has a Paris theme with a beret made to wear with the dress. Hadley gave out white carnations to all the women attending the Mother’s Day luncheon. The dress features a T-shirt top with a Paris appliqué taken from the fabric.
The second dress is a class sailor dress with a fun hat to match. Both dresses are available to buy. This is new to me, so I working on pricing. Would love input.