January 13, 2009

New projects

On Sunday, Caitlin and I went to Joann Fabrics, because they were having a sale on Simplicity patterns for 99 cents! We just could not pass it up. The top pattern (McCall's) we have had since last spring. Caitlin really wants me to make this first, and various other styles in the other patterns. We always get excited at the beginning of a new season, with big plans to make a lot of dresses etc. We shall see how far I get this season with all of her requests.
This is my new embroidery project. It is from an old Marie Claire Idee's. I have never made a sampler before, so this should be fun. I love the colors and the little flowers in between the letters.
But first, I must head over to Kinkos to have them copy the image in reverse, then comes all the tracing!! That is the worst part of the project for me. This process usually takes an afternoon of cramped hands and crossed eyes. On my last project, the one with the children in the mistletoe, I got pretty far, but I didn't quite finish enough for me to keep at it. I'll probably tuck it away until the fall.
Gotta run now and do many chores.......including going to my favorite fabric store in Oakland :)


  1. Elizabeth -
    Just lovely. Will you use the same colors for the sampler?


    P.S. Such a good mom you are to make all the wonderful clothes. Harleigh's grandmother always made her Easter dresses and Harleigh says it is one of the fondest memories she has from when she was younger.

  2. Wow! That is quite a sampler! I can't wait to see how it progresses. :) It's gorgeous.

  3. buying sewing patterns is one of my all time favorite things to do! can't wait to see your projects. :)

    (btw, i commend your tracing discipline - that part alone deters me.)

  4. Great projects and I love that top McCalls pattern. I can just see it in a pastel cotton pique.

  5. you have such great ambition! i still need to hem my new curtains...
    the sampler is beautiful!

  6. How lucky is Caitlin to have such a talented mum? Looks like you're going to be kept busy (but not too busy to show us what you make, I hope!)