Over the weekend, I washed and dried all the fabrics that I wanted to use to make more Little Dresses...particularly all the batiks that I had bought last year...just love all these bright colors ;) Then all of these fabrics had to be ironed (cause that's how I sew ;) for pinning and cutting the pattern out.
Ironing really relaxes me...especially when I use my cord attachment on my ironing board because he holds the cord UP and OUT OF THE WAY! I discovered this gadget when I lived in Italy years ago because all of their ironing boards had them. Italian ironing boards...like their baby buggies are the Cadillacs of the industry...amazing ;)
Then I sit down at my desk and pin the pattern pieces onto the fabrics and cut them all out. Since I'm using a little girls size 5-6 dress pattern, I am able lay the pattern right out on top of my desk...
Can you see my "scrap bowl" on the left hand side...really want to make a quilted journal cover from all of my scraps from making these Little Dresses for Africa...can't wait!
WAS so excited that I had enough of these batik fabrics to make 12 Little Dresses!
NOW I'm all ready for the next step...sewing that is...cause that's how I sew ;) In steps...especially when I'm in a multiple production mode like this. So I'll set up my machine and load up a lot of bobbins with white thread...so that when my bobbin runs out I won't have to stop and wind up a bobbin and thread my needle each and every time...ugh! So I'll stay stitch all the arm holes and neck lines for all 24 pieces here. Then...I'll sew up all the side seams for all 12 dresses and then iron them all flat at once. Then sew them hems and iron them flat and finally....sew on the seam binding on all the neck lines and arm holes straps. Hopefully I'll be done within the next two days so that I can get them in the mail to my sweet blog friend, Devon!
Don't worry...I'll take photos of all my pretty Little Dresses when they are done and share them with you. In the meantime you all can hop on over to Devon's blog, Devon4Africa, and watch her progress in this drive. Then hop on over to Mary's blogspot, Little Red House, for Mosaic Monday and see all the lovely photo mosaics and be sure to tell them that Roberta sentcha ;)