Sewing Round-Up

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No, I'm not even trying to be funny with these wrinkled dresses (but I'm dying laughing looking at them now â€” seriously?). This is actually the best I can do. We'll have to use our imagination to visualize what these clothes looked like before they went through the wash and then sat . . . around . . . for a while . . . whatevs. I think it's funny that while you're sewing you're sort of, I don't know, pressing every seam so carefully, etc. And then it all winds up looking like this anyway. So don't worry about it too much.

M'kay. Here we go:

Skirt = McCall's 7882, circa 1982. How cute is this with a black turtleneck onesie. I used vintage bias tape for the trim, and failed to overlap the edges. Why? I don't know. Andy asked if we were going to a poetry slam.

Salmon-Pink Coat = Dear My Kids Double-Breasted Coat, size 2. This was very enjoyable to make, until I got to the buttons. The buttons â€” no, I didn't even try.  In my opinion, the quickest way to mess up the double-breasted coat is to totally wonk out on the buttons. I saw a lot of examples of unsatisfactory button placement while browsing double-breasted coats. In my life, buttons are the elephant in the room. I pretty much suck at them. That's a lot of work, to get to the point in the making of the coat where you mess it up. People seemed to be putting the buttons all over the place. I had no confidence that I'd do anything but that. I bit my nails fiercely at the idea of making the buttonholes straight, let alone symmetrical. The lady at the fabric store told me to sew the buttons on the front, then put snaps behind them. Brilliant! Still, even just this took me one entire day, and I had to re-sew one of the buttons three times. Now that I've been done with it for a week, I'm happy. I can't get tooooooo worked up about it. I mean, look at the wrinkled clothes I find totally acceptable. These are first-world problems.

Wrinkled Blue Thing = Make It Perfect Mini Poppy, size 2. I shortened the hem and shortened the dress, but it still feels too long (I like short dresses, and I think they're more practical, too). All went well until it was time to try it on, and it wouldn't go over her head. GAH! The bias trim precluded an easy fix. I chose a pathetic fix, and slit it down the front. We were in a hurry. What can I say. Fail. Run out door.

Peachy Dress = Brownie Goose The Hattie, size 2. Adorable dress. Love everything about it. I had to stitch down the seam allowance to get the collar to stand better. That's our friend Katie in the picture with Meems. This dress just suits her.

Brown Dress = McCall's M5693, size 2, circa 2008. Cute. I can't resist a brown calico peasant.

More to come. I love my boo. She's such a good sport.

Guess what? Next week: New softie duffel coat and sweater kits, and Night Before Christmas ornament kits, too. Come back on Tuesday, okay? Have a good weekend, dear friends. xoxoxoxo, a&co.


Oh Amelia's face going down the slide is hilarious! "...I think this is fun?" Some expressions are universal among 2 year olds. She's gonna be the best dressed kid in Oregon if you keep this up:) Her clothes are so unique.

Love the sleeping ballerina:)And all the clothes..and her hair is getting so long..she reminds me so much of one of my daughters at that age!

She has the most perfect wardrobe. That coat is something else! I wish you had a store and sold dresses for 8 year old girls - I would buy everything! Amelia is precious beyond word. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful, you have been busy. A really clever tip about the buttons, I shall remember that one. I love the tired ballerina as well, just adorable. Have a good weekend Alicia. CJ xx

You are brilliant, such beautiful clothing for your little sweetie.

That last picture of Amelia is exactly how I feel at the end of a long day.

By the way I adore that pink coat and think you did a cracking job on the button placement. I would've wimped out completely, sewm poppers on the back and plonked a big flowery corsage on the front.

Where on Earth did your BABY go?

Such a determined little lady!

Love that you use 8os patterns for her.

My daughter is 28, and I have kept four patterns ( 1985 ish) that were her absolute faves from back in the day-hopefully one of my kids will have a daughter in the future and I can use these again :)

I love that pink coat. I wish I had one! (Seriously now.)

What a little madame! I know she makes you laugh every day.

beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!

SO MUCH FUN dressing a little girl! They sure grow fast.

She is so freakin' adorable, and the clothes you make for her are just perfect for her.

The layers of adorable cuteness in this post are...
are leaving me speechless!

I love your pictures, and that I've been noticing you don't watermark your pictures. well - nor do I - granted, but I reckon you probably should. and that last shot? I get it. So sweet. But I think you should take it down. The world is a weird place sometimes. that's all. thanks so much for sharing.

Love that you sew her clothes for her, my mother did all of mine when I was small too. Darling! Are you knitting much these days? Love your blanket patterns. :)

Love the girl and the things you have made for her. I agree with you on the buttonhole situation. Did you consider large hooks and eyes?

melinda ke says: October 03, 2014 at 03:47 PM

So, so cute! That pink coat is adorable! :)

Oh, I need that onesie! Does it come in extra large? LOL! I thought it was bloomers and I would be very happy if they came back too. She is having a ball, running and exploring....she just exhumes self confidence and joy. You are such an accomplished seamstress. I am wanting to must be the weather! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Sewing round up - hog tied and finished with perfection. (smile)

I think I know why the little blue dress wouldn't go over Meem's head . . .

"The part of our skull that encases our brain already achieves 63% of its mature size by the time we are born. When a person reaches his/her first birthday, the skull has taken on 88% of its mature size. And by the time you turn 10 years old, the skull has achieved 95% of its full size. From then on, it grows at a very slow rate and it reaches its full size by your mid 20's. So by the age of 17, you ought not expect much more skull growth"

So if this is true then her little head must have grown at least 25% give or take while you were sewing the little blue dress. (smile)

Just absolutely ADORABLE . . .
I'd say mighty fine seamstress stuff too . . .

That creased grey dress with the hem flipping up is one of my favorite images from your blog ever. Beautiful and real and imperfect.

I'd forgotten how quickly babies turn into little people! My girls were born in the 80's and I used quite a few patterns from the 50's and 60's when they were tiny. You did a beautiful job on that pink coat - curved yokes aren't always the easiest to make look right but you nailed it! I don't comment often but drop by often just to see what your adorable family is up to.

Adorable as always--the wee one and the wrinkled clothes :) You always pick the perfect tiny prints. The coat is amazing!

"Poetry slam"...I love it!

I love all the little clothes, these are the perfect sewing years. The coat! I laughed over the buttons and snaps. I wonder was the advice from and older lady? That was my mothers trick, she's 89, and of course my trick as well, I'm 60 now. I love that its still good advice. She's growing so fast.. don't' blink!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at