Hellebores, one of the first bloomers in my yard this year.
The Alley Cat pattern had been such a fun sew last month. It fit the girls so well and is so cute and comfortable and stylish. I am starting to get the hang of using knits, and using my serger which makes everything so much faster and easier. As a result, I was able to bang out an alley cat dress on Easter morning. I went from uncut fabric to finished garment in two hours, and took a break to scarf down the breakfast my husband made in the middle of that. And another break to braid Fern's hair. This is an all time record for me. I cut the sleeve and skirt hems on the selvage of the fabric, which helped. And I sewed the entire dress on my serger except for the top stitching on the neck. I think using sleeves helps make this an easier sew as well. I still have yet to do one of those burrito rolls. But the dress came out great, and she was enchanted.
The skirt fabric was from that Knit Fix I bought from Girl Charlee last August. Slowly and surely, I have been ploughing through that soft pile of fun. We agreed the bubbles remind us of eggs and made it especially appropriate for Easter. The top fabric is this stretchy, almost rubbery eyelet material that I got from JoAnn's a year or two ago as an add on purchase. I am so bad about grabbing an extra yard or two (or just a half in the case) of something that catches my eye while waiting in line at the cutting counter. But they usually end up as some of my favorite fabrics. This worked out perfect for this project, and I have enough left of this and the skirt that I think Fern is going to get a legit alleycat out of it. They love to be twins sometimes.
Fern loves her skirt as well. It has some of that amazing glitter elastic as a waist band and utilizes some of my all time favorite fabric: the wee wanderer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller. I bought some recently for another project and made sure I had some extra for garments for the girls. This print almost makes me want to cry, it is so sweet.
Fern's face in this kills me. We didn't do a very good job getting pictures; either the sun was in their eyes or the bonnets shaded their faces completely.
Here is a close up of that print:
Fern is wearing her Easter coat from two years ago. Love that it still fits her! The sleeves are slightly short, but not that bad, and otherwise it is fine. Skinny little girl. It is her go to outerwear throughout spring and fall.
Happy Spring time!!!