Saturday, March 24, 2012

Now that we've gotten the "blog" link up on the site, I would like to officially welcome you to my new blog. I'm planning to be a bit more diligent about posting and eventually, I would like to do a few tutorials and sew alongs with you.

I've been busy at work in my studio trying to get Wednesdays with Wendy off and running. So far, I have only had one student drop by to join me. Cynthia is working on Easter dresses for her two granddaughters. She is using my Terry pattern, which is currently out of print, but still a show-stopper. She is making it in white linen with blue linen Madeira hem on the scalloped collar and hem. They are turning out lovely. Cynthia used a variation of Les Petites Enfants and Heavenly Bliss embroideries and made an entirely new design for the little dresses. So far, she has completed the embroidery and cut out all the fabric pieces. She has almost completed one collar and has prepared the hembands for both dresses. Her homework assignment is to complete the basting and hem application on both dresses so she can stitch the pinstitch next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, I've been working on my project sample for La Broderie Bayou. I've completed the embroidery on the baby gown entirely and just beginning to work the matching coat. Originally planned to be constructed of organdy, I decided to make the coat from the same fabric as the gown because the colors just didn't work together. It is turning out lovely.

Also in progress is my great neice, Sophie's first communion dress. I have already made two muslin shells of the bodice and cut out the pattern pieces. I am using my Hannah pattern but eliminating the scalloped hemband. I added slightly gathered boy sleeves which eliminated the need for a jacket. It gets pretty hot in late April, so I wanted to keep it as cool as possible. The bodice is made of linen and the skirt has a dotted Swiss overlay. The sleeves are also made of dotted Swiss. I've ordered a few ribbon kits from the Ribbonry in Ohio to be used as a decoration below the waistband and also along the headband veil. I spoke to Camella today and we had a great time catching up after about ten years of not seeing each other. I am truly looking forward to working on this dress. I'll post photos as soon as I can.

There are only 8 spaces left in our last La Broderie Bayou retreat on Avery Island. I urge you to contact us immediately if you are interested in joining uus for this spectacular event. And if you have something you would like help with, please join me on Wednesday in my New Orleans studio. Have a great weekend!

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