Geranium Dresses For All And The Baby

Actually, I made 4 Geranium dresses for 3.  My oldest daughter got two, my youngest got one and my niece got one.  It felt like a whole lot of geranium dresses though.  All this sewing occurred around Easter.  I know it’s been a while since then, but I didn’t get a chance to blog about it because I was very pregnant and tired and then I had a baby!  He has been taking up every bit of my free time and I love it!  Check him out:

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Gus at 2 weeks old, yes that’s an Orla Kiely boppy cover.  It’s not the most masculine print, but more so than the pink floral one I had before, and I really wanted it!  He got the Orla Kiely bibs too!

In the picture to the right he is a week older and being held by his oldest sister.  And he has on the exact same outfit in both pictures.  The girls love that dinosaur onsie and constantly request that he wear it.  Both girls are so sweet to him, it melts my heart.

So, I made my oldest a Geranium dress a few weeks before Easter and she wore it to the Easter egg hunt at our church.  I had already decided to make them Easter dresses this year and chose to use the same pattern.  Since there are several variations, I don’t think the dresses look that much alike.  For the first one I used the cap sleeves, the yoke neckline and pleats at the waist.  The Easter dresses both have flutter sleeves because I feel like they look a little more fancy.  They both have a gathered waist, but I tried the v-neck version on one.  As for the necklines, I am not going to make another v-neck until I read some more about the construction, or I talk to my mom about it.  The fabric bunched a lot a the point, but I was too scared to cut it any closer than I did.  It looks just fine from a distance and still decent up close, but I know the struggle I went through with that v-neck (it was real).  The yoke neck was easy enough too, but better for the non-Easter dress because it is a more casual look I think.  Here are some quick pictures I snapped on my phone:

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Then somewhere in there, I squeezed out another coordinating Geranium dress for my niece, but I never did get a picture of the two of them together with the matching dresses on.  I was running short on the both the patterned fabric and the solid pink, but I think I made it work well enough.

The only thing I didn’t love about the pattern is the way the skirt attaches in the back.  I sewed the lining down by hand and by doing it that way I could cover up the seam at the waist very neatly.  But if I had needed to do that part on the machine, which is an option per the pattern, there is no way it would look as good.  I marked the problem area with a blue circle in the picture below.


But, that is my only very minor complaint about this pattern and its not like I came up with any better way of attaching the skirt or anything.  I really love this pattern.  I found it to be very versatile and the instructions were great.  Even though I’ve already made four of these dresses, I think there are more Geranium dresses in my future.

Here are some more photos of my girls in their Geranium dress.  The first one is just my girls playing outside in our back yard with a stuffed animal.


Geranium dresses are good for twirling too!


Happy sewing!





Rainbow Day

Over the last month, the children in my oldest daughter’s class each got to pick a theme and the activities on an assigned day revolved around that theme.  My daughter chose rainbows.  Not a big surprise to me since she draws a lot of rainbows, like every time she get’s hold of a piece of paper and crayons.

I pulled together a few things for the day’s activities.

First, I created a rainbow template, which I found on Pintrest, but was only a picture, so I had brought it into Illustrator so that I could turn it into a vector and scale it up to fit an 8.5 X 11 size.


Then I used a punch that I found at Michaels to make raindrops from construction paper.  The punch is obviously to make a flower, but I just threw away the center and kept the raindrop shape.  I could have just cut squares of paper, like I saw used in other crafts online, but I wanted the kids to try to grasp the concept that a rainbow is created from light passing through rain droplets.  Let alone concepts of refraction of the light or that it is an optical illusion ( try explaining that to a four year old), but at least the water droplet I thought they could understand.  It was a lot of work to punch out all those raindrops, but it was worth it.  I love the way the activity turned out.


I also brought in my girls’ Rainbow In My Room.  I actually had to buy a new one right before the “Rainbow Day” because the one we had for several years broke literally right after we got the assignment.  They are no longer allowed to pick it up off the dresser or play with it at all, only look at the rainbow across their ceiling at night.


My girls go to daycare at our church, so I’m sure there’s a Noah’s Ark book floating around there somewhere, but I also provided a book of children’s bible stories with the story of Noah’s Ark.

Lastly, I made a special dress for Olivia to wear that day.  I picked up some cute Michael Miller fabric that had rainbows AND unicorns on it.  Both rainbows and unicorns are kinda popular in my house lately, so I couldn’t help myself when I found the fabric.  I also bought a perfectly coordinating solid from Michael Miller’s new line of solids, Cotton Couture.  I loved this solid fabric, it is so soft and is the ideal weight for sewing children’s clothes.  I used the bodice from a pattern that I have used several times, then I just took the one yard of fabric of the print, gathered it and attached it to the bottom of the bodice.  I also made some pockets for the front of the skirt using the pattern piece and instructions from the Geranium dress pattern I have from MadeByRae.  Finally, I sewed on some rick rack around the waist and at the top of the pockets to add some interest.  I really love how it turned out.

Here are some pictures of Olivia modeling her new favorite dress.


I consider Rainbow Day a success!

Happy sewing and crafting!


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Sweetgum Studios Is Coming Soon

I’m working hard to get this site up and running.  Please check back soon to read about garment sewing, quilting, a variety of other crafts, pattern reviews, tutorials, free quilt patterns and more.  I’m also setting up a new Etsy shop where I will sell the quilts I make as I test out new patterns, and various other things I sew as I work through my fabric stash.

Most importantly, watch me start up a small business!  I’m going to document the whole thing.  I’ll tell you all about all the successes and tribulations, and share all the steps I go through to get my fabric company started.  Sweetgum Studios will produce digitally printed organic cotton for quilting and garment sewing.

Thanks for stopping by!


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