Monday, August 09, 2010

Some Sewing

I've gotten a chance to do some sewing...Finally!

I had a really long dry spell where I didn't want

to be in our lower level, so far away from DH.

I've been very anxious & hovering over him for

the past 8 months, since his attack.

He is doing pretty good these days so I'm beginning

to relax a bit & let him out of my sight a little. ;-)

This dress is for my DGD, Caroline.

side view showing the growth tucks)

This technique allows you to let down a dress

when the child has grown in height & enables

you to get a few more years of use from it.
It was made using Sara Norris' new pattern,


You can find it on her blog

Sara Norris, Ltd.

I'm not thrilled with how my gathers in the ruffles
turned out & I may take that section off & re-do them.
I think they should be MORE *ruffley*

That is, if I can get her to take it off long enough!

Talk about a 'whirling dirvish' ...LOL

This is a wonderful twirling dress.

It really should be made out of a lighter

weight fabric than what I used

but I had fallen in love with this

Stonehill Collection of cottons.

Sara shows it done in a fine, lightweight batiste.

My next one will be better.

Princess Caroline had just gotten out of the shower &

we were having a "fitting" of all the clothes

I had recently made for her.

Thanks & Hugs to Sara, for creating such a fun little dress.

You can tell it was a hit!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by

the Gazebo House today.

If you have a minute & are so inclined,

Sara could use some prayers & words

of encouragement.

Her Mom is in failing health & it

is weighing heavy on Sara's heart.




  1. Absolutely love the color combinations! Never heard of the growth tucks.

  2. I am so thrilled that you are sewing once again!!! You did a great job on the dress and I am in love with those fabrics too!!
    I have to tell you, Caroline is growing up and while she was a beautiful child, she is now a gorgeous "young lady" and I know she will be a knock out woman one day!!!
    thanks for sharing and thank you for the prayers!!

  3. Adorable dress on and adorable little girl. I love the fabric--the pattern and the colors!

    Have a great day!


  4. What an adorable dress ... and grand daughter! I can see why you chose those fabrics ... charming. Glad to hear your husband is doing well. My DH had a heart attack (age 47) in '95. He'll be 62 this month and feels better now than he ever did.

  5. Rett,
    So glad your husband is doing well.

    You are a beautiful seamstress. That dress is perfect and so is your Caroline. Love the fabrics.


  6. So happy to hear that your husband is recovering well, and that you are back to sewing! Your granddaughter and her dress are so sweet!

  7. Hi Rett! Oh, the little dress is so adorable! I believe you did a wonderful job. Glad to hear your husband is doing better! The fabric is so sweet! What a darling little model too - wet head and all.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and the other lamp is in the bedroom.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. So sweet! Caroline is just adorable! I love those fabrics too! I think that dress is just darling the way it is! She certainly is one very lucky young lady to have such a talented grandmother! I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations!

  9. I love the fabric combination - it is so feminine! The idea of the grow tucks is great - how I wish that some of my daughter's favorite dresses had had something like those. Princess Caroline is so very lucky to have a grandmother who can sew like a dream!

  10. Welcome back to sewing! You did an awesome job on Caroline' dress. I just have to make one of these for Carly. Sara has been in my thoughts and prayers too. It's not easy going thru what she is right now.

  11. The dress is just perfect...and you shouldn't alter a thing! Obviously Princess Caroline is thrlled with it ;) Love the color and fabrics...just precious. So glad that your DH is recovering and you are able to enjoy sewing once again. Have wonderful week, fondly, Roberta

  12. I do LOVE those fabrics. They really make the design pop. I think the ruffles are fine. Sometimes too much ruffle can get too heavy, and it sure looks like she doesn't care. LOL She's a doll!

  13. Adorable dress! I always loved sewing for my girls when they were little. You did a great job.

  14. That is gorgeous and the fabrics are beautiful together! Jemma loves to twirl! I think our girls would have a fabulous time together! You are really talented with that sewing machine!

  15. That is adorable, Rett...cute little granddaughter, too.

  16. Lovely, lovely dress!! Beautiful!

  17. The dress is adorable. And what a sweet little model.

  18. Oh Caroline is so pretty!!! I love her dress and the fabrics are just gorgeous!

  19. Rett you did a fantastic job of the little dress, I think your grandaughter loves it. I will say a small prayer for Sara's Mom. You take care. Jen

  20. It's always a treat to see your beautiful needlework, Rett. Your Caroline is so lucky to have a grandma who can make such beautiful dresses that even twirl! I would have chosen those lovely fabrics as well. They compliment each other beautifully.

  21. I love it! What great colors! And the extra fabric would make great napkins for a scape!
    Come see my grands all decked out as ring bearers!

  22. You are so talented. I don't sew at all, so I'm totally in awe. Of course it helps to have such a beautiful model to inspire you!

  23. Rett, I've said it many times: Miss Caroline is one lucky little girl. This dress is darling and perfect for twirling. You are the best Nana! Glad that things are calming down for you and that you feel you can relax a bit. Your sewing skills are amazing! ~ Sarah

  24. Rett, as much as I loved your dress when I only saw pictures of "IT", I love it even more on the Divine Miss C! Could you have asked for a better fit? I can tell she loves it. BRAVO!!!!

  25. HI RETT!!!
    I love that dress and love the fact that She LOVES to dance and twirl in it!!!
    I just wish I could sew, I am planning on buying a simple sewing machine and start on easy things!!!Just a hobby I have wanted to take up for some time now, home made "couture" clothing is all the rave again!!!
    so sorry for my absence, I have just been so busy lately!!!
    have a great week

  26. Rett, Now you know that I think your little (getting big though) Caroline is one of the most precious cherubs there is... and in your lovely dress is just angelic!
    What a fun and oh, so pretty dress. You are really something with a sewing machine!
    And about Luckett's~ you know me too well. I did get those bee napkins and some silver!
    xo Yvonne

  27. LOVE your choice of fabrics, Rett! Caroline is just as darling as ever, even with her wet hair!


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