Sunday, 12 May 2013

Hooray! purple dress

It was so miserable here yesterday, cold, rain, hail, rain, sun, rain, you get the idea and Big Sis had a little siesta which she likes on a Saturday to catch up from a busy week at school then she got all of her scrapbooking stuff out in her room so I embarked on dress number 2 with Little M. Yes, I actually tried to do it with a three year old. Crazy or what!

I tried to distract her with some paper pattern drafting.

But she wanted a go on the real thing. So she drew around the fabric to mark out the lining - I am lying of course because I did not follow those lines I cut around the fabric but she thought she was doing great "me and you are doing a good job aren't we?" she kept saying.

Next she did 'pin-doing'. She is a lefty so it all looked a bit strange to me but she popped them in and some even popped up out the other side.

She did some 'hotting' with the iron and she was very careful. After a busy day 'doing jobs' it was time to go to bed.

Are you aware of the story 'The elves and the Shoemaker'? well in  the morning the dress was finished by elves!

Even though those pesky elves sewed button holes to the wrong side of the placket and had to do a bit of emergency unpicking and produce the placket on the outside instead of the inside, it still looked OK. I shall have a word with them later...

Cheesy grins and puffed out chests all round. Jo xx


  1. Jo what a fabulous blog. Thank you so much for dropping into my new blog. You live very near to me and it is amazing reading your current post as I have a cloth kits girl's dress which I intend to have a go at to give me confidence in sewing. Your dresses look so fab. I really didn't expect anyone to read my blog so it was so lovely to hear from you, I hope you don't mind if I put you as a favourite as I really love your blog. Tina was so kind in mentioning my blog, I wouldn't have found yours. Have a lovely week ahead, will let you know how I get on with the dress.
    Lots of love
    :-) xxx

    1. Would love to see the dress and how you got on with it, we have loved making and wearing them, even if it has been with long sleeved t-shirts underneath until the weather changes. Thanks for commenting and keep going with your new blog, it seems strange at first but it will grow slowly and beautifully over time. Jo x

  2. What a cute dress! She looks like she had a great time helping.

  3. That is so lovely - and what a proud young miss she looks x Jane

  4. What a lovely, lovely thing to do and such a cute dress! Your little girls are SO adorable! :D xx

  5. It looks really cute on her Jo - she looks very pleased with the work the elves did :-)
    I smiled when I read the 'leftie' comment. My mum was left-handed and I'm right-handed. It's really hard trying to teach things like knitting, sewing and especially tying shoelaces!!

  6. Too cute for words Jo! I so loved seeing your littley crouched on her hands and knees over the fabric looking so industrious and absorbed in the activity; she really is very sweet!
    The dress worked out so well - elves are such handy little beings and so helpful most of the time.
    Thank you for sharing a very sweet post! Joy x

  7. Precious post, Jo, and especially heart-warming for me since we are celebrating Mother's Day here in the USA. Thanks for being such a good mom and inspiring me through your loving example :-)

  8. Those darn elves...can't live with 'em...can't live without 'em. :-)

  9. What a lovely post! She'll be making things without elves help before you know it. Julie x

  10. Thanks all. Not sure what I am up to this week yet. Jo x

  11. What a clever little girl! Lovely dress very pretty :)

  12. What a lovely wee dress! Well done to both of you!
    M x