Thursday, April 23, 2015

Traditional Holy Communion Dresses 2015

Here is a selection of dresses just finished and sent off this spring, some for the USA and some for the UK.

This dress for Madalyn, and the one below
(having slightly differing trim on waist and bodice)
were made for sisters in the USA
The fabric is an embroidered chiffon, which I managed to find after scouring
many fabric shops - it is difficult to find such fabric in white (or at all!)

Francesca's dress

Holly's dress is the only one I've got to see being tried on!
I was glad to see that I managed to get it to fit just right,
from the measurements given!
I didn't manage to get a photo of her in it though.

I made a similar one last year for Lucy's sister,
so it was a pleasure to be making another one for her,
in a different patterned fabric.

These last two photos show a dress made for Louise
in a dotted Swiss cotton fabric,
as specifically requested by her mother.

Back view of Louise's dress showing the ribbon ties,
made from same trim as waistband.
Hopefully I will receive photos of all the girls when they wear them for their special day receiving Our Blessed Lord for the first time.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Modest and Pretty Traditional First Holy Communion Dress

I'm not sure, but I think this just might be one of the prettiest I've made! The fabric is lovely, but it was a one-off, so I won't be able to reproduce it, I'm afraid. I've had such a hard time finding pure cotton broderie anglaise at a reasonable price per metre this year,

I took this on a sunny day before it was
finished - not being certain whether we'd
have any more sunshine before I sent it off.
I love the way the light catches in the fabric,
and yet it remains modest as the body is fully lined.

Just got it in the post to Samantha today, and the sun
obliged for a few minutes after I'd finished sewing,
before I packed it up!

Monday, March 2, 2015

First First Holy Communion Dress for 2015!

It's that time of year again, when the requests for traditional long-sleeved First Holy Communion dresses come in.

Here's one I've almost finished; just the back zip to put in, but it was a nice sunny day, so I put it on a dummy and took it for a walk in the garden! The wind obliged by filling its sails, and making it look really pretty. There is an embroidered cotton strip down the centre of the bodice and skirt, and self fabric tie backs. I made the lace heart motif, which adds a special touch to it.

It should fit a 7 - 8 year old girl. Length from nape to hem is 39 inches, waist should fit 22/23 inches, and chest 26 inches, (99cm, 56/58.5 cm, 66cm.)  It is made from a lovely lightweight pure cotton, that has an embroidered design - see photos below for details. Having long sleeves, and with a full cotton lining it is extremely modest and traditional. Priced at £70 ($108.)

The dummy is too big for the dress,
so as the back isn't done up,
I can't  show a back view properly;
but it has a fabric tie, and a concealed zip.

Detail of  embroidered cotton strip down the front
of the dress

Detail showing fabric embroidery.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Classic Tartan Elegance!

Okay Mamma, why have you plonked me here
in my Sunday best?

So I'm supposed to be looking this way am I?

Oh, I get it, it's a Zelie's Roses modelling session!
I'm happy to oblige. X

Friday, January 23, 2015

What a hoot!

Aren't these chaps sweet?

Stuffed with polystyrene balls, so they are like bean bags, but fully washable.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Anyone for a Cuppa?

I have really enjoyed making gifts this last year, combining the embroidering & applique skills of my machine with practical objects such as tea cosies. Here are some examples made for family members

Christmas cosy

Epiphany birthday cosy for a niece

I like to make them different on either side, just for fun!

Birthday cosy for a mother hen with a large brood!

Wedding cosy for a newly married couple (the bride arrived at the Church in a VW van!)

Another Christmas gift.

Nice and jolly, to brighten up the winter kitchen.

And a Christmas bag for a little niece!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rainy Day Coat

 I thought I'd take a few shots, in between showers, of my latest creation which will be duly delivered to my niece this afternoon. I hope I can get her to stand still long enough to model it later.

When I saw the ripstop nylon in the fabric shop, I couldn't resist it; but it's jolly expensive stuff, so I decided the only thing I could afford to make with it would be a toddler-sized coat!

Of course, it needs to be lined with something warm and cosy, and I managed to find the lovely chocolate brown fleece to go inside. It zips up under the flap, and I've sealed the seams inside with ripstop sticky tape, so it should be waterproof.

When I showed it to the ladies at my sewing group they all said "Oh, I want one", my thoughts entirely! Sigh, wish I could afford a giant - sized amount of the fabric!!  I'll just have to enjoy watching my niece in it.


She was delighted with her "Birdie Coat"
and couldn't wait to try it on!

The big photo shoot outdoors, the next day.

I just love the shape of this coat!

She was such a good model for me, little sweetheart!