Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We did, despite some sickness going around our family earlier in the week (and mine has been going on for over two weeks now – ugh!) On Friday morning we carried out our annual tradition of going to the Santa Cruz mountains to cut down our Christmas tree. This is the first year that Ella really understood what was going on, and she LOVED it. She was Daddy’s big helper, as usual. 🙂
I’ve actually been doing a lot of sewing lately, but with some for pattern testing, some for a future blog tour, and some for Christmas presents, there’s not much to show you yet… but it’s coming!
Anyway, since it’s been pretty cold (for California) during the nights lately, I decided that Ella needed a new, cozy dress to wear to church this morning. When did I decide this? During dinner last night, of course. 🙂
I received both of these fabrics in a french terry mystery box I bought from Raspberry Creek Fabric in early October, and I knew immediately that they would be something for Ella, and most likely a Bimaa.
Then, when Tami posted about making the Bimaa into a dress for her daughter, I knew that’s what this was going to be, too.
I’ve had the Bimaa pattern printed out and put together for a while now (and I’ve used it for some of those secret things I’ve been doing!). So… last night after the kids were in bed (roughly 7:42pm), I traced out the size I needed (3T), adding some length and a bit of a flare out for the dress modification, and cut my fabric.
By 8:05pm, I was ready to go, and by 8:50pm this dress was complete! I received a serger from my mother-in-law as an early Christmas gift this year, and it has been a game-changer in terms of sewing with knits. I LOVE it! (It’s *this one* if you’re interested.)
Can I tell you about these fabrics for a minute? Because they’re just about my favorite thing ever. Tim laughs at me every time I sew with french terry because I keep hugging the fabric, rubbing it against my cheek, and forcing him to “feel how soft it is!” And then, to try and throw the scraps away… I mean… talk about torture.
Ella loves it too, and why not? It’s like wearing your favorite, cozy sweatshirt, but looking good and ready for church!
Aside from a couple of random pieces, I’ve gotten all of my french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabric. It’s a small, independently run fabric shop on Etsy. There’s also a Facebook group run by the owner, where everyone can share what they’ve made with the fabrics from that shop. It’s pretty inspiring! That facebook group has also somehow attracted the most supportive group of people – so if you’re into sewing, go check it out! As someone who doesn’t have any family or friends that are as crazy about sewing as I am, it’s a place that I can “hang out” with my sewing community, and it’s pretty fun. Note – I’m not financially associated with them in any way (other than when I spend my entire fabric budget there sometimes!) – I just wanted to share in case you’re like me and want to find a great online sewing community!
Okay – tangent over – now just a couple more pics of this crazy cute girl!
Thanks for reading!
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