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the end of summer...sewing, that is

I recently wrapped up the last stragglers from my summer sewing pile and now that's all done. First, I finally finished this butterfly pinafore and matching Hannah top that had been sitting for a while; I had run out of the dot fabric and had to track another half a yard down! The butterfly fabric I picked up a while back, Emily picked it out off my fabric shelf. (There's plenty left so I think we'll be seeing it again next year!) The top I trimmed with FOE (fold-over elastic), which I have been using for a few years, but not on clothes. I didn't like it as much as just a regular inserted elastic, but I may warm up to the effect. Overall, not an outfit I am in love with, but Emily's happy so I'm happy.

And finally, my very last Summer 2008 sewing project: the mini-Rømø!

mini-römö

After I made mine, Emily wanted one to match. She also wanted a ruffle just like her doll Lilli's (it's hard to see in that pic, but the doll's top has a pleated organza ruffle). And a different ribbon. (The demands ended there, thank goodness.) The hard part was getting her to settle on what she wanted, once that was done, the skirt went together super-fast, and she was wearing it that day:

mini-römö in action

Note the coordinated pajama top and garden hose!!

And now...it's time to get cracking on fall and winter...a few things are done, and more are in the pipeline...I can't wait!

What did you say?

Very cute. Miss Emily looks tres chic in her little ladybug wellies. Even the flowers match her outfit!

The butterfly dress looks similar to my strawberry dress I made for my niece.

Dunno when I'll bust out the machine again. Flynn's wanting a quilt. And she wants to be a bat for Halloween and Evan wants to be a jawa, so there's that to make...

Of course I noticed the pleated ruffle! It looks great. Makes me wish I sewed more for my daughter. I've been wanting to try some FOE, myself.

Your daughter looks adorable in this skirt! I saw some skirts along these lines in our great local quilt shop the other day and, though they were made for little girls, kinda wanted a be-ribboned, be-flounced skirt my own self!

Sarah, I love the skirt - beautiful colours! This is much more the type of fabric I wanted - if you remember our Amy Butler fabric-conversation. By the way - I did get a refund, without returning the fabric - great customer service! I love the matching hose! The Hannah top is adorable (!), and it's perfect with the dress! :)

thanks, everyone!!

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