Sewing a serger storm
The serger is out and I'm starting to work through all the projects that I cut out for it. I don't leave my serger out all the time so to use it I have to clear off a table and set it up. I don't like getting it out for just one thing so I'm calling this week "serger week" and I plan to get a lot of things done.
I started with these mastectomy drain bags that I'll donate locally. This was a fabric that Mom gave me and it really lent itself well to this project. I enjoyed making these so I might cut out more before I put the serger back. These went together so fast. They get tagged and bagged individually before I drop them off at the donation center.
Next I was on to doll outfits. This top is called California Baja and it's really easy. I had cut out a bunch of walker caddies with some leftover denim and there were enough scraps for 3 jeans for the doll. I found this ikat weave in my stash for the top. Do you see how perfectly that pocket matches up to the orange and purple stripes? That was complete accident! I've got to get some black velcro for the back opening to finish this one off. I'll probably save it to give to her until the fall since it's more of a fall look. I also think I will make a headband to go with it.
After that I put white thread on the serger and will work on all of the rest of the projects needing white thread. First up is another pant but I decided to add patch pockets to the back of these because they are going to be "garden pants" and it made them so much cuter.
A few weeks ago they were giving the Little Gardener pattern for free so I downloaded it and found this perfect fabric in my vintage fabric collection. It's a pretty darned involved pattern but it's really cute and the instructions are really thorough and clear.
Here's the back of the apron. The straps are snapped on behind those blue buttons. If we need to adjust it to fit the doll I'll only have to move 2 snaps.
The pattern also had a sun hat. It looks kind of weird here but it should fit. You can see it on the pattern cover.
And gardening gloves! Once I change the serger thread to something darker I will be making a tshirt out of the same blue knit that I used for the cuffs of the gloves. After I sent this photo to my brother he suggested therapy.
Here are all the garments together. isn't that cute? But that's not all!
The pattern also comes with a page to print on card stock to make seed packets. They thought of everything! I cut them out, glued them together and put beads in them so they will shake like real seed packets.
Now I will switch to pillowcases for the boys because I have to have gifts for the boys when I take Ella her new outfit. I'll get back to the serger today after I empty another truckload of mulch this morning.
4/29/2021 04:06:12 pm
Wow, Vicki, I’m always amazed at how productive you are! The doll clothes are adorable—Ella is one lucky girl.
4/29/2021 08:30:04 pm
That is just too cute! Making actual seed packets out of the print is "the icing on the cake." I hope the boys like their pillowcases.
4/29/2021 10:53:16 pm
I wonder who is enjoying the doll clothes more - her or you? I really think you should look into making matching outfits for her and her doll. Just sayin'...
4/30/2021 07:39:58 am
LOL.... I think I am with your brother! Doll clothes are enough work, but making tiny gloves too?
Vicki in MN
4/30/2021 08:16:39 am
I see you are enjoying a lot of Pixie Fair patterns! Nicely done.
4/30/2021 08:28:12 am
Those outfits are so cute! She is going to have hours of fun playing with her doll. Your brother needs to know that without having the fun of making all these clothes you might need therapy, but having this fun and creativity keeps you sane! LOL!!
4/30/2021 09:03:07 am
hahahaha I just made that same gardening outfit last week...complete with seed packets. but, i left off the ruffle on the shoulder straps. you're right, it was an involved pattern....and after unsewing a couple of times, the ruffle was just too much. haha aren't doll clothes fun?
4/30/2021 09:26:47 am
You are so creatively productive! The mastectomy's bags will be a bright spot for those needing them. The doll outfits are so darn cute - love that you made the seed packets complete with seeds. Tell your brother that the sewing and creating is your therapy. Thanks for sharing your projects with us. Have a great weekend.
4/30/2021 10:17:28 am
These are so cute and such great attention to detail. Having just made a pair of oven mitts, I too think you might need therapy for those garden mitts; though yours probably aren't 4 layers thick.
4/30/2021 10:56:41 am
I made one underarm pillow for a mastectomy patient. That was an involved process as the directions were difficult for me to understand. Your drain bags are cheerful!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.