A pierrot dress (well, sort of…)

I took a break from all the quilt-making, baby-prepping, and freezer-stockpiling that i’ve been consumed with lately to make my girl a dress. 

I used the Pierrot Tunic pattern from Rae, but changed it up a bit by extending it about 6″, adding a contrasting border, putting elastic casings in the sleeves (which i shortened about an inch or so), and leaving the ruffled neckline off completely.  You can see my first Pierrot here.

It came together pretty quickly (especially since I didn’t make the neck ruffle)… and she likes it!  Ellery’s gotten so particular about clothes…It’s got to be a dress.  Every day.  Jeans are out of the question, leggings are questionable.  I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can let her be bare-legged all of the time!

She figured out early on that the (first) Pierrot tunic I made wasn’t quite a dress even though I tried to pass it off as one.  I’m sure we’ll get a lot more wear out of this one.  And, as long as some shade of pink or purple is involved, we’re all good in the ‘hood! 

The plum cotton is from a local shop here- it’s really light and soft.  The green is kona cotton- i think Artichoke?

Anyway, I’m a big fan of this pattern.  You should get it.  :)

I’m also a big fan of this girl…even though she did tell me last week “Mommy, your bum grewed really big!”  Thanks Ell!  See if you get anymore dresses from me!  pshh!

Oh, and I’m thisclose to being done with my quilt! I just have to finish stitching the binding and then wash it up. 

Here’s a sneak peak:

I hope to start a little baby sewing this week.  I don’t really need anything since between me and my sisters, we could open a baby consignment shop, but i’m thinking some kimono pjs are in order…if only for their cuteness factor. 

Alrighty… I have a date with Ben & Jerry now.  So…. peace out!

-Erin 

Progress

My quilt for Ellery is slowly coming together.  After cutting out all my small pieces, they sat on my kitchen counter for a good 2 weeks.  I just couldn’t get motivated to sew them together for some reason. 

I did make some other stuff while procrastinating though….

A plethora of pillows for her new bed.

 And lots of baked goods for moi.  I can’t stop.  It’s all I want to eat these days.

And now that I’m in the 7 week stretch, I’ve been on a serious home-organization kick. 

Goodbye fabric closet!

 

…Hello under the bed storage!

Anyway, Leave it to an episode of the Bachelor to help me get my quilting mojo back. I sewed all my patchwork pieces together and looked up just in time to see Chris Harrison announce “Ladies, this is the final rose of the night.”

What. 

Like you don’t have a guilty (reality tv) pleasure? 

I don’t believe it.

 

 

This weekend, I got around to sewing all the white sashing to my strips.

 

Next up is piecing together the back- I’m really trying to use up what I have, so it might just have to be a bunch of random large pieces of fabric.  Unless some specific design jumps into my head. 

I really started to like this project once I began to sew all the strips together. And, especially since Ellery kept coming up to tell me how pretty it was. And that means a lot considering she’s only worn the tutu I made her a few times and the doll carrier (yet to be blogged about) not once- i think it was too much of a contraption for her? 

Who knows…Maybe I’ll just make her a closet full of quilts.

-Erin