Garden Party Dress

Wishing I had taken a better picture of my first original design!

Sewing for Christmas

My American Girl doll, Erin, will really miss wearing all the nice duds I’ve been sewing for my grandaughter’s AG doll. Here, she’s wearing a sequin top with a high-low hemmed velvet skirt.  Something about her shoes, sandals with an ankle strap, bother my sense of style, so there are silver slippers on order.

Well, it’s all in the details, so how do you like the chainlink belt? Heart Belt Below, I tell you she really said, “Whew, modeling is hard work!”ModelingWearsMeOut

Election Day project

After I voted, here’s what I workied on: New Look pattern A6306 includes a view featuring decorative buttons .  It was a no-brainer to use this trim little classic vest as a a  stashbuster for my collection. Delicious chocolately brown satin for the lining and back will make for a neutral yet tactile piece that I’ll wear a lot!

I cut, lined and sewed the buttons on the vest before Election Day and finished up just in time to do my civic duty.

Hand-sewing 33 buttons was the hardest part of this easy pattern.

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Just realized I never got a finished view posted here. Ta-da! Craft as Therapy Button Vest CroppedThis is where I either go into a long blather about all the mistakes I made or just shut up and let you enjoy the peek! The sequin-collar chiffon blouse came from Lane Bryant.