Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sadie's dress

I have told this story many times and I will try to do my best version this time.

Like I said last time my brother lives in Samoa. He lived there nine years ago too. Nine years ago he and his wife were expecting their first baby and it being Samoa they didn't know what they were having.

My brother had to come home to attend meetings and his wife couldn't come due to being pregnant and not wanting to go into early labor on a 12 hour plane trip she stayed. Just as my brother was about to leave to for the airport; she went to the closet with a pair of scissors and cut the train off her wedding dress. She later told me that she didn't really like her wedding dress. Her sister bought it for her, so it was more her sister's taste and not hers. She handed it to my brother and said see if Robyn can make something out of this for the baby.

I did, I made a blessing dress with the lace. It was kind of a pain the lace was heavily beaded and sequined and sewn on with stitches that were so tight I could not unpick them. I used the lace on the hem and applique pieces up the skirt, on the sleeves and across the bodice, it was a cute little new born size. In case it was a boy I made a little romper with a vest. The vest was made from the satin from her dress. Either way boy or girl the baby was going to have something from her dress.

It turns out she had a boy, Josiah. She did say I don't care if it is a boy, he is going to wear that dress. (Don't worry he didn't wear the dress) She really liked the dress, and hoped that she would one day have a daughter to wear it. She did get pregnant again and it was another boy Tasi. Hope was a little lost for that dress. Than a few months ago they adopted a baby girl. He asked my dad to dig through his storage here and find the original dress. I am the one who said; she can't wear that dress, it is not going to fit. Since she is adopted she can not be blessed until the adoption is final and that is still a few months away. Since I am a crazy person I still had left over lace from the first dress. This time I was smart enough to use a razor blade to unpick the lace. I removed all the beads and sequins. I sewed the lace on top to look like an allover lace, made satin cording and a shiny sheer over the satin. I also sewed a puffy slip into the skirt. I love it.

I think this new dress is more to the taste of my brother and sister in law. It is simple and sweet and I wish I could be there when she wears it. I really want to take a picture of her in a lush green place in Samoa. I hope it is everything they want for their princess.Sorry I don't have any pictures of the original dress, or pictures of the romper the boys wore, but I was smart enough to get pictures of this new dress.

                                                            A close up of the front

                                                   The back I really like the clear buttons.

The sleeves

I love doing this kind of sewing.
I love to take something from a Mom and making it into something for the daughter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sadie Baby

This is my newest niece, I know don't you just want to pinch her cheeks and kiss those sweet lips. I wish with everything that I am that I could, but she lives across the ocean in Samoa. My oldest brother Brett works for the church and is living there.  
When he moved there he was a father of two boys, two of the best boys you could ever meet. A few months later he adopted this sweet angel. He was a bit nervous about it, I was adopted and told him that I got the best big brother, and this little girl deserved to have two of the best big brothers.

She is named after my Grandmother, it is this Grandmother who taught me to sew. I loved her more than she could ever know. I remember hours sitting on her floor as she would patiently teach me how to sew, embroider, and crochet.

My parents are leaving to serve a mission there in two weeks, so it is time to shower this princess with all the gifts that she deserves.  The first is a quilt, it is only fitting that she gets a quilt. her name sake was an amazing quilter. She won blue ribbons for her quilting. I followed this tutorial It was fabulous and easy and I finished it in like two days.

How sweet is that! I think it is perfect.

Here is the back. I like the backing fabric, how it looks like a pieced quilt, and how cute is that strip.

Care gives great instructions on how to quilt, I am a wimp and took mine to a quilter. She is a friend and is fabulous, there is no way I could do it that good, look at those cute swirls and hearts.

And no way I could do that. It turned out so cute.

I hope they like it and it gets years of use. I hope that when I finally get to meet this angel she is still small enough to squish and kiss all over.

I hope you have a great day. I'll be back with another post of something else I made for this angel baby.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I am NOT a technically savy person, it is something that I just don't get. There are those that can just do it. They can cut and paste (something that I just learned last year) post picture with out deleting their entire post, can figure out how to get back the post they deleted. These are things that elude me, I can sew things together well and I can bake an amazing cake but this is still a trial and error for me.

I promised to tell the story of what I did on the morning we were going to see the Tabernacle Choir. I sat here at the computer spent the hour typing out the story (I am also not a very good typer and get things wrong all the time) only to realise that I had the pictures over on Baubi's side of the computer. I thought that I could save my post go over to Baubi's side and add the pictures. That was not going to happen, I could not get the stupid blogger to let me accomplish this simple task. I mean really how hard could it be open the saved post push the edit button and add the humiliating photo.

I have a dream that get a hold of this blogging thing, and inspire people to try new things, and people out there get to "see" me and I can really do this. Then I go and screw things up and don't know how to fix it.

Any way after a month of avoiding this I am now going to try it again. Wish me luck.

Let's review it was early Sunday morning we are going to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing Christmas songs. Then go to the Little America for breakfast.

Last year I sewed the girls dresses the day before. I had made all their dresses that day, and only had to sew their velvet jackets that night. The problem I had was that they were just a size off from each other and so I spent the whole night unpicking velvet. So on Saturday night when I only had the little girls dresses done I remembered the hour and a half of sleep I got the year before and told my self that I was not going to do it again.(for those of you who do not know me this is a big step)

Instead I spent the night trying to think of what Gowyn was going to wear. I remembered some gold skirts that I had made last year and thought that she could wear that. The only problem is that I had no idea were it was. I thought that it might be in the DI bag in the garage so after my shower I got dressed put on some tall Christmas socks, because with my tall boots on you would never see them. Since I was just running out to the garage, and still had to chase small children around I put on my baby blue crocks. Needless to say that the skirt was not there. Gowyn decided to wear what she wore last year, the only problem was even though it had been a year, I still had not hemmed the sleeves.

This was my thought. I will put on my makeup and hem the sleeves while I am riding in the car. I Quickly did hair, gathered supplies and ran out the door. I sat in my seat and hemmed the sleeves passed it back to Gowyn and helped her get it on and laced up. Put on my makeup, this is something that I am getting increasingly good at. Sat back and relaxed, all that was left to do was enjoy the ride until we got there and explain to Baubi that is was Sunday and we were not going to listen to rap music. We were just getting on the free way (20 min from our house) It was then that I realised how comfortable my feet were. Yep never put on my tall boots. I gasped and showed the husband my feet. How could this have happened? I started laughing and saying "what are we going to do." He was still  not laughing "We are late you are going to have to go like that" Me "Are you kidding me! I can not go like this" Him "Well maybe you should have paid more attention"

I love my husband ALOT. He is a good man, he is handy and fixes things. He however can not get girls ready for church. Wait he can put on tights, and he can put on dresses. He can not do hair, and he can not tie bows. So there was a very good reason I was distracted. I was getting myself ready, I was getting four heads of hair done, and I was doing the best I could at seven o'clock in the morning.

I did finally get the man to turn off the free way and get me to a Walmart. I ran through the store grabbed some shoes that were on clearance, and grabbed some knee highs. I think that the thought of trying to put on panty hose while driving in the car would have put me over the edge.

So now for your viewing pleasure my humiliation averted. Get ready to laugh on this Tuesday.

A close up so you can really see how cute I was.

Happy Tuesday to you. Hopefully I will be back before another month goes by.