Saturday, May 20, 2017

Woodland Dress

Back in January I discovered this charming woodland themed fabric at JoAnn's. Instantly my mind went to work trying to decide what I should sew. At first I only purchased a half yard to sew Jemimah a little pillowcase. She was absolutely delighted with the fabric too. Once I had sewn the pillowcase Jemimah then carried her pillow about the house hugging it and talking about the sweet little "critters" on the fabric. : )
On one of my more recent trips to JoAnn Fabrics, I could not resist purchasing more of our favorite woodland fabric to sew a garment for Jemimah. My first thought was a jumper, but I then decided it would make a sweet dress.

The pattern I used to sew this dress was New Look 6309. It is a simple classic pattern, just right for embellishing with embroidery and piping.
I always enjoy rummaging through my embroidery thread to find just the perfect colors to accent a fabric. I was also pleased to find pale lavender piping, it saves time not to have to make my own.
I added piping to the sleeves and I had a hard time deciding which animals to center on the sleeves! There is a fox centered on the other sleeve.
Jemimah loves to study the fabric and point out her favorite animals. She is especially fond of deer and bunnies right now.
To finish the dress I added blue flower buttons to the back. The pattern called for a zipper, but I prefer buttons. The dress as I sewed it is a size 3, Jemimah is 2 1/2 years old. The ties help with the fit, but I can see she will be able to wear this dress again next year as it is a bit big and I also made it extra long.

Spring dresses are my favorite to sew. Already I have sewn a couple, and almost everyday as I work on my orders Jemimah will ask if I am sewing her a new dress! I try to explain what I am working on and she will seem a little disappointed. I must admit I am blessed to know she enjoys the dresses I sew, because I sure do love to sew for her! : )

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Need Thee Every Hour

                                                                                  I Need Thee Every Hour

                                                                                   I need thee ev'ry hour,
                                                                                   Most gracious Lord.
                                                                                   No tender voice like thine
                                                                                   Can peace afford.
                                                                                   I need thee ev'ry hour;
                                                                                   Stay thou nearby.
                                                                                   Temptations lose their pow'r
                                                                                   When thou art nigh.
                                                                                    I need thee ev'ry hour,
                                                                                    Most holy One.
                                                                                    Oh, make me thine indeed,
                                                                                    Thou blessed Son!
                                                                                    I need thee, oh, I need thee;
                                                                                    Ev'ry hour I need thee!
                                                                                    Oh, bless me now, my Savior;
                                                                                    I come to thee!
                                                                                    I need thee ev'ry hour,
                                                                                    In joy or pain.
                                                                                    Come quickly and abide,
                                                                                    Or life is vain.
                                                                                   -Annie S. Hawks, 1835-1918
                                    "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20b