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Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Tale of Three Dresses

This is a true tale of how three different dresses came to be. 

Once upon a time there was a young maiden who wished to marry her Prince Charming. She went shopping in the kingdom and found a beautiful gown, all chiffon and satin and lace. She felt so beautiful on her special day, just like the princess in the fairy tales. After the special day they rode off into the sunset, but unfortunately since this is real life, they didn't live happily ever after. (But that is another story.) One day about 28 years later the young maiden, now the mother of another young maiden, pulled out the lovely gown for her sweet daughter to wear on her wedding day. Alas, the dress was so outdated that they decided that the sweet daughter needed to start her own memories and purchase her own beautiful gown for her own special day. The young maiden, now much older wondered what to do with the beautiful gown. Since the sweet daughter would not be wearing it should she donate it to Goodwill? Should she dump it in the nearest dumpster? Lucky for her, she decided to not do either. A year and a half after the Sweet daughter married her own Prince Charming she gave birth to her own sweet daughter. The now not so young maiden decided to take the beautiful gown and cut it down to make a beautiful blessing dress for the newest young maiden. 

Princess Zoey

Princess Brooklyn

Princess Zaphren

Not So Young Maiden and Princess Emmie

The Not So Young Maiden cut the beautiful fabric that now had mellowed into a lovely ivory color. She sewed the fabric into a lovely dress that all the The Sweet Granddaughters could wear on their blessing days. She even left intact the long ruffle on the bottom. Now to date four Sweet Princesses (Granddaughters) have worn the lovely creation of the Not So Young Maiden.

The Not So Young Maiden put the left over fabric from the original dress in a drawer and forgot all about it. One day as she was cleaning the castle she found the lovely fabric. She tossed it in the throw away bag, but then feeling some remorse, she decided to rescue it. An idea came to her, a way to use the rest of the lovely fabric. She could make her Lovely Granddaughters, now nine through four years old, a beautiful dress for each of their favorite Barbie dolls. (And if you look closely you will see that the Barbie Dress is really a small replica of the Young Maiden's original dress.)

And this is how the Young Maiden (and all the young maidens in the story) finally was able to live happily ever after. 


This truly is a true story, not a fairy tale. Hope you enjoy the dresses as much as I had making them. 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ruffly Pumpkins

I saw these beautiful pumpkins on Pinterest and just had to make some of my own. But I needed to put my own spin on it since I didn't have any ready made pumpkins like what she used.


I found some drop cloth fabric in my fabric stash and took a dinner plate and traced around it. This is what I used as the body of the pumpkin.

I ran a long gathering stitch around the whole and gathered it up.

I then stuffed it with some polyestered stuffing I had on hand.

I then found some muslin strips I had already torn, how lucky was that? I sewed a long basting stitch down each strip and then wrapped them around the body of my pumpkin and hot glued them at the top. I used four strips for each pumpkin.

I used cinnamon sticks for the stem, gluing them into the center with my glue gun. Then added some silk leaves and acorns to one.

And for the other I took a piece of an old linen doily and made some shabby leaves. I then glued an old earring in the center to add a bit of bling. 

I like how they came out. Now for sale in my Etsy shop for your fall enjoyment.