Monday, May 9, 2011

Using my feet

Last week I pulled out some vintage fabric and sewed up a little dress to give as a gift to a friend who just had a baby girl.  A new baby is always nice but a little girl sets my mind going with the ruffly and pink possibilities.
Pinkgreen baby dress

Also I made a matching diaper cover - with ruffles of course.

I used New Look 6925 which I have sewn a few times before.  I find it very satisfying to make children's clothes - no fittiing, just cut the size and go.   I had an idea for some gathered ruffles so I used my 1/4" narrow hemming foot.  I have a love/hate relationship with this gizmo, I really can never get it to work consistently.  

Edge foot

Actually, it works fine, it is me that is the trouble.  Have you used this foot?  I can be sewing along, marveling at my nice tidy little hem, feeding the fabric steadily and zing, one little milimeter is not fed into the folder area just right and the narrow hem gets messed up.  Somehow I got enough fabric to be narrow hemmed to use for the neck ruffle.

Pink green baby dr closeup

I used the gathering foot for all the ruffles - that foot is fantastically useful and gives me no trouble.    The fabric is some very soft vintage gingham that I found at a garage sale last year. I have a lot of the green and I keep thinking I will make a women's vintage style dress for my Etsy shop - one of these spare minutes.  

Here is today's SunnyGal garden photo, keeping the pink/green theme going.  Apple blossoms, which by now have all dropped and need to be swept away.  Can you spot the bee?   
Apple blossoms


  1. Such a cute baby outfit and gift. It's great your sewing foot was so helpful. You've inspired me to use more of mine. Minus the zipper foot, I forget about the others some time!LOL!

  2. Очень милое платье, красивые цвета, забавные трусики).

  3. You know, I've had the exact same experience with the hemming foot. I suppose we just don't use it often enough to be as consistent as we's like.

    Having said that, this little outfit is darling! Perfection.

  4. Such an adorable little outfit! The pink and green is so pretty and I love the ruffles.

  5. I so relate to the love/hate relationship with that hemming foot! When it works well (i.e., when I work it well) it's the best! Until you lose focus & mess up that tiny bit & then...if you're like me....stare at it for awhile & try to figure out if it's worth fixing, or can be hidden, or needs to be redone, or.....

    I know some people just say it takes practice, & I'm sure they're right!

    One of these days.....

    Meanwhile, what a classically adorable little outfit!

  6. I can see the bee...!
    That is an oadorable little outfit, and I particularly like th bottom ruffles. They help the pants to last a bit longer too.
    I have the same love/hate relationship with my narrow hem foot. When it goes wrong it goes so very very wrong... frustration!


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