Thursday, August 25, 2011


The kid, not the dress that is. The dress is adorable! It's a Babes of Sweet pattern that you can buy as a pdf. I stayed up a little late last night to get this done but I can honestly say start to finish (and that means starting with ironing a piece of fabric) it took a little less than 2 hours and I'm sure the next one will go faster. It also probably took a bit longer because I finished the hem and sleeves with the ribbon method Liesl Gibson uses in her Lazy Days skirt. I like that it encloses the raw fabric edge and to me it seems more even than ironing and turning, which I never seem to do evenly. And when I decided, half way through sewing, that I needed some ribbon I felt like it was a minor miracle that I could find some in the closet that was the exact color and width I needed - blue isn't a color I normally sew with a lot. I had this thought that maybe, maybe if I made something with the doodlebug's favorite color "boo" that she would wear it. Wrong, wrong, wrong silly mama. She did try it on briefly before starting her normal refrain of "no, no, NO". *sigh* Why is she killing my dream of dressing her in cute mama-made attire?! I expected it around age 11 - not 2! And I'm starting to get a little nervous about just how opinionated this kid is.

On a totally unrelated note we have renters for our other house! YAY! I knew that as soon as Patrick was gone it would rent. How did I know that? Murphy's Law - the basement was still full of all my work (classroom) stuff and the house needed a good cleaning. So I was thrilled but not surprised when the rental agent called me yesterday. So this was my day today (after making a bunch of phone calls yesterday):
9 - 9:15: drop H off at school (and she was NOT happy today - of course on the day I have so much to get done, sad mama sigh. But she lived!)
9:30: rent storage space
10:45: take first car load of stuff to storage space
11:15: race back to house to meet people picking up washer and dryer that renters didn't want (I know, crazy, right? but they went to a great new home - Petport Kennel)
12:15: realize car is empty, fill up, get water and snacks for doodlebug pick-up
12:20: unload several dozen HEAVY xerox boxes into the storage space (did I mention the temperature today? the humidity? the smog alert? no? ok, I won't then)
12:35: head to school to pick up Miss H - the smile I get when she see that I've come back always melts my heart into a little puddle
1:00: head back to rental house to meet cleaning crew and finish putting last load of boxes into car, bribe doodle with snacks :-)
1:45: finally head home to get you-know-who down for nap

whew. I'm tired. Now I just have to go lock up the house after the cleaners leave and take those last few boxes to the storage space. Then on Saturday cut a very few bushes back and empty the cabinet of deck stuff (bug spray, candles, etc) and we're really, truly DONE and ready for renters!


  1. The dress is great! Thank you so much for sharing. :) (By the way, my two year old hates mostly everything I sew for her. So you're not alone!)

  2. Oh goodness, I'm tired just reading that, but the dress sure is cute!


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