I got so much satisfaction from sewing this weekend. Once I finally started, I got on a roll. And linen? Much easier to sew with, because it doesn’t stretch or slide around.
I made a linen dress for Lane. No pattern, just rectangles sewn together. There’s an inverted pleat on the front for shaping. I enclosed the seams using a great tutorial from Sew Mama, Sew. There are buttons down the back (6 buttons on a toddler dress? probably not good forethought).
I never knew how to make buttonholes before, so I always avoided them. This weekend I found out that my machine has an automatic buttonhole maker, so I read the manual and it is so easy! I will be putting buttons on everything now. I even made a matching little purse.
I made gifts for some new babies coming soon. I made a set of burp cloths that are soft flannel on one side and absorbent terry cloth towel on the other side.
Notes for burp clothes:
- Cutting terry cloth makes a ridiculous mess.
- This slides through the machine much easier if the smooth flannel is on the top side and the towel is underneath.
I also made a linen diaper case to hold a couple of diapers and some wipes. I like to keep one in the car or toss it in my tote bag. It has saved the day more than I care to remember. This one is linen with a muslin lining. It closes with a vintage wooden button that has been in the button basket since about third grade. I liked making this because it is basically just a long rectangle with a U on the end. Even so, I became well acquainted with my trusty seam ripper while I made this one.
I wanted Lane to try on the dress, but it was difficult to persuade her. She ran around yelling “I’m a monkey! I’m a monkey!” I tried to convince her that, yes! this is a monkey dress! Foolish mama.