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I haven’t done any sewing lately.  Since I am a newbie to dressmaking, I like to take some time in preparing and constructing a sewing project… and I just didn’t have enough time for it.  But, I have been crocheting this past week because… this Saturday, some of the ladies from church and I will be participating in our town’s craft fair!  It’s my first time to sell my stuff at a fair, so i’m super excited.  I didn’t really have a lot of  time to get ready for it, but i did manage to make a few hair bows/clips, ear warmers and kids’ hats.  I will be selling these items on etsy as well.  Check them out.

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Yipee!  Finally found some time last night to finish this dress.  The sewing pattern is a pretty simple shift dress pattern, but it took me a while to do this because the fabric (rayon) was pretty hard to work with.  The dress, although it has darts on the sides, is pretty shapeless.  So, I would only wear it with a belt, like so.

Flowers & Stripes

I’ve been making baby hats this past week to sell at my etsy shop.  I love stripes!  I made a few hats with stripes of different widths.  The navy blue and white one below is double knit.  I will be making more of those with different color combinations for baby/toddler boys and the ones with the thinner stripes will be for the girlies, of course, embellished with a big, bright and colorful flower. 

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My favorite color combo:  navy blue and white and bright pink :)

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 I will also be selling fitted baby hats in solid color with a floral/bow embellishment.

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I am a big fan of Winter Kate Clothing.  I especially love the Ginger Cardigan/Bed Jacket because of the simplicity and versatility of the design.

I believe this Winter Kate Cardigan retailed for about $300.  $300?!  That’s a lot of fabric.  I like the jacket in different colors and patterns, and since I like quality AND quantity, I just made my own.  This one cost me $7/yard and used about 1 1/3 yard.  I have a stash of chiffon that I bought recently.  I want to try to make some with different sleeve lengths.

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I’ll be starting this project next week after my daughter’s dedication/party.  I would love to be working on this now, but, i’m just way too busy.  I only have one yard of this pretty fabric so i wasn’t sure if i had enough fabric for a dress, but, after draping on miss mannequeen here, i think i have enough for a very simple shift dress for me…. aaah… there is an advantage to being small.

I love the pattern.  It is more of a spring/summer dress, but, with the right accessories, i could still wear it for fall:  dark sweater, black tights and boots, and we are good.

I will either use a simple shift dress pattern or this McCAll’s pattern (red dress F).  If I use a different fabric for the lining, i should have enough fabric for the dress.  We’ll see.

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