You know when you see something that catches your eye and you can't forget about it? That's the way I feel about Pink Lemonade Boutique and her divine bags. Lisa is the artist behind Pink Lemonade and I found her blog and website a couple of months ago and was really intrigued with her use of fabrics (mostly Girlfriends, Freshcut, Flea Market Fancy, some Alexander Henry) with natural linen. She has a great eye for colors and patterns. She also uses a lot of quilting in her bags and her sewing looks meticulous.
Thus the dress for Olivia, my daughter, (oh, have I mentioned her before?) from Freshcut by Heather Bailey with natural linen. She has a little knit dress that has three panels, so I just copied that. However, I should remember to cut a non-stretch dress just a tad bigger- it is a bit of a struggle to get it over her booty! Once it's on it fits very well. I love the way the linen really makes the fabrics pop. And I can't resist a flower button. My sewing, on the other hand, is not meticulous but I think the dress is darling and she is always in motion, so no one will know.
Then I was so inspired, I decided I wanted to make a matching jacket and quilt it. Quilters everywhere are snickering, but I just realized that quilting fabrics gives them body without the stiffness of interfacing. Okay-- some of us are slower to catch on than others. So I layered some linen, low-loft batting and another Freshcut pattern and starting quilting away. I did a diamond quilting pattern made much easier by the quilting guide that came with my machine (you put the guide foot on a parallel stitching line so you can follow it for the current stitching line). Someday when I'm more confident I'll do a more modern freehand design.
I am binding it in a Freshcut stripe and used my Bias Tape Maker and I love it. We got those in about a month ago and I hadn't used it yet, but it is fabulous. It produces a perfectly folded tape and it really didn't take any special talent.
The jacket needs the sleeves put in, which I'm dreading, so I worked around them as long as I could. The sleeve holes need to be adjusted, but I'm so scared to start cutting. The jacket may rest for a few days but it must be done by Thursday. More on that little bit of excitement later!