Yes, finally, the christening gown is done. But more importantly; we have heat again!! My thanks go to the plumber who came out here after work (after his boss promised to come out in person during the afternoon; wrong), to fix it for us. So after six days without proper heating, i am happy again.
So, to the gown. The original had little cap sleeves but after trying and trying and being unable to get them in without puckers, I changed them to these puff sleeves. I do like the cap sleeves and being unable to fit them drove me CRAZY! So I had to give up, for my own mental health!!LOL!! These sleeves look fine though. It has other original touches, such as the placement and pattern of the smocking; they smocked the bodice, not the skirt. The embroidery is not the original design either. (also, I might point out, not my original design, it is from the Country Bumpkin christening gown book).
I am very pleased with how it came out. the seams are all bound with home made bias binding. Makes for a lovely finish; a bit more work than a french seam, but I couldn't do French seams with the way the pieces fit together so binding the seams was the next best thing.
Okay, enough waffling, to the photos:
What next for me? Well i have started making a dress for the daughter of a friend who is making her First Communion in a month's time. It has a lot of smocking and beads on it; it should be pretty. I have also bought some more material for the shop to make another smocked dress for the window. I heard today that someone was interested in the dress i have already made but we will see if that comes off or not. I don;t mind if it sells or not really. i was hoping to have another one made before selling the first one but I will not complain (or knock it back!). But this second dress will have to wait a couple of weeks until I have the communion dress under control.
My quilt blocks are also still sitting here; lonely and waiting for the last three to be done. They are not far off but might also have to wait.
A friend came into the shop the other day and marvelled at how I have been very restrained and have not bought much. Now don't get me wrong; I would looooove dearly to buy so very much from the shop where iw ork but it would cost all of my pay, and more, and I am really trying to get some things done; i have too many things on the go as it is. Someone asked me today how many things I had on the go and I couldn't count them; shocking!!LOL!! So i still want to get some UFOs out of the way, as I still work on new things; there should be a balance i can strike between them both. And while starting something new gives such a rush, so does finishing something off. Although, it is August already and I have not achieved half of what iw ould have liked to by now. Oh well, it will wait for me I guess!