Recent Projects

The first outfit--made from leftover material I used to make a baby dress.
The first outfit–made from leftover material I used to make a baby dress.

Now that my Fall book tour is complete, I’ve had a few days of reprieve from all the business. (It won’t last long, I’m afraid. I just agreed to play in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and the Brahms double concerto for violin and cello.)

I am finally justified for being a pack rat. That piece of trim has been sitting around in my sewing drawer for the last five years because it wasn't long enough for any other project and I couldn't bear to throw it away.
I am finally justified for being a pack rat. That piece of trim has been sitting around in my sewing drawer for the last five years because it wasn’t long enough for any other project and I couldn’t bear to throw it away.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, a cousin of mine asked if I would make some doll dresses for her little girl for Christmas. I enjoy sewing so much, that I was happy to comply. I just finished the project and delivered the goods. I started sewing on my own with doll clothes when I was in my early teens. I’d always loved dolls and enjoyed the creative release I got by matching colors, trimmings, and buttons. Of course, having six nieces of my own as a teenager, I had many opportunities to practice doll millinery!

Anyway, I enjoyed this project so much, I thought I’d share some pictures of the finished products. The dress and pinafore below is actually for my youngest niece. 

For my youngest niece.
For my youngest niece.

 I’ve also been designing some tatted hair flowers. I’ve done some basic flowers in the past and used them as graduation presents for girls in my church and other friends. They’re so pretty. I’m getting a little more adventurous with the ones I’m working on right now. So, if this batch turns out, I’ll use them as Christmas presents as well. Let me know if you’d like to see some pictures!

That is all for now. I’ll be back at this time next week with another installment of My Favorite Fiction.

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