I am writing this after the fact, as I was more concerned of course with spending time at the sewing machine rather than at the computer.  In fact, I told Rijen that I was only going to deal with Fiona and the dress, everything else (house, food etc.) was up to him.  In a way that was fun because we got to eat chicken nuggets AND pizza that week! Growing up, I usually got those kinds of meals on special occasions or my birthday.

However, I did want to take the time to document a little about making the dress, so I attempted to video tape myself sewing while holding Fiona.  Of course I was able to get more done when she slept, yet she was a very good helper and kept me company while I finished the embroidery.  This video is sped up about 700X- I only wish I could really sew as fast as it looks. What is amazing and adorable is watching her little hands move.  I think it’s cool how much she moves her hands compared to my stitches. I wouldn’t have thought she was moving around so much.  Music by FANTA4.

Didn’t have much time to even post these pictures, however this is what I got done Wed & Thursday as well as fixing some mistakes I had made. I also finished hand-hemming the lace edge on the bottom of the dress.

Full View so far

Full View so far

FIONA will be blessed on Easter Sunday–hopefully in the blessing dress which I have been working on for months.  I have finally gotten it to the point where, as I told Rijen, if I don’t get it finished, we still could creatively wrap it around her and it might not look so bad.  Of course, I don’t know if we want to set a precedent about wearing sleeveless dresses to church.  Thankfully it is Wednesday and I do have four more days to work on it.  I feel confident that I can get the dress done, and perhaps even the coat!

Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday Afternoon

OF course this all takes longer when there is a newborn to care for….

Asleep...to the rhythmic hum of the sewing machine..

Asleep…to the rhythmic hum of the sewing machine..

…and she makes it very clear when it is time to stop!

Hungry!

Hungry!

HOWEVER, by 10 PM Tuesday night, I had got the following accomplished on the blessing dress:

  • Finishing touches on the bodice
  • Stitched the skirt to the bodice
  • Consulted with Marilyn about material for the slip (Imperial Batiste vs. the original Swiss Batiste)
  • Cut out and sewed slip – went with the heavier weight Imperial
  • Sewed slip to the dress
Slip underneath skirt

Slip underneath skirt

Intimidating Instructions

Intimidating Instructions