Sunday, May 13, 2012

Three Birthdays, One Boy Or Girl Party and One Graduation; Whew! What A Week

This box holds a special surprise!

What a week! I had two "first" this week and at my age that is not an easy thing to do!   LOL

On Monday my youngest grand daughter (not counting the one not born yet!) had her second birthday!  Yay!  Happy Birthday Riley!  We love you!

On Tuesday,  our grand daughter that lives in North Carolina turned 17.  It is hard when you do not live close to your family, seems we always miss all the special occasions in their lives.  Happy Birthday Corrie, we love and miss you very much!

Corrie at Christmas

On Wednesday, my daughter-in-law celebrated her birthday, and to save myself from much wrath I will leave her age undisclosed! LOL Happy Birthday Christa, what joy you have brought to all of our family!

Now for the first "first" for me! On Friday we attended a Reveal The Sex of The Baby Party, what great fun that was! It is going to be our first Great Grand Child! My husbands oldest grand daughter is due in September.

I have to admit that Sheila had some wonderful ideas and executed them very well!  When we first arrived at the party we were given a chance to guess boy or girl, and given the fact that the Bobster has two daughters, and each of them have two daughters, I had to vote for a boy.

After everyone arrived and had been given the chance to vote for their choice the big news was revealed!  

Up Up and Away!

What great fun, and everyone was so happy (even those of us that had chosen boy). Now, come on September!

New Parents to be
"Kenzie" will be here in September
Congratulations Sheila and Mikey!  You are going to be terrific parents!

On Saturday, the second "first" for me happened, my oldest grandchild, my grandson Taylor, graduated from High School!  What pride I felt as I watched him walk across the stage and accept that diploma! His future is full of wonderful possibilities and his life has just begun! ( Bobby has had grand children graduate, but this was my first one)

My grandson Taylor and my daughter Jin

Congratulations Taylor!  No matter how old you get, you will always be Nana's Tatorbug!  Love you Tatorbug!

It has been a very busy week, but a very wonder filled week.   So many wonderful things yet to come in my life, come September I will be able to add another "first" to the list, my first great grandchild!

Seems strange that I am going to have a grand-daughter born in June and a great grand-daughter born in September!   My life is filled with blessings!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Twenty Minute Pillowcase Dress

This is the easiest dress ever and takes only ten to twenty minutes from cutout to finish!  Even though it is called the pillowcase dress, I actually made this one from a remnant I had.  I plan on donating a dress like this dress to the Little Dresses for Africa Charity.  Here is a link to their website.

This dress is cut to fit a size 2 ( a child about 2 years old).  I cut a rectangle 19 by 21 (21 being the length).  The pattern on the website is made from an actual pillowcase and does not cut out the armholes, just leaves an unstitched area at the top of each side seam to fold under and stitch for the arm area,( here is a link to the directions for the dress using a pillowcase on the website) I personally do not like the looks of that style, so I cut a wedge about 31/2 inches across at the top and angling down to nothing to the side ( about 4 or 5 inches long).  I just eyeballed it, no particular measurements.

With wrong sides together, I serged the side seams with a narrow seam, pressed each side seam and turned right sides together.  I pressed from the right side, pressing the seam to one side and stitched the seam encasing the serged edge.  No exposed seams!

I finished the edge of the hem with a narrow serged seam and then encased the hem area with bias tape, No Hemming!

Next I enclosed the armhole opening with bias tape, turned to the inside, pressed and stitched into place.  I then enclosed the top with bias tape and used it as the casing for the ribbon used for the ties.  On this dress I stitched across the ends after gathering the top where I wanted it and then tied the ribbon for the finished product!

Fast, Easy and Cute!

If you are interested in making a dress for Africa, You can click here to find out more information.  The address to send finished projects or make a financial donation is;  Little Dresses For Africa, 24614 Curtis Drive, Brownstown, MI 48134.

Nancy's Notions also has a link on her site that links to Little Dresses for Africa and several other charities you can sew items for, here is a link to her Sew For A Charity Page.  She also has several patterns for easy dresses and even has a quick and easy boys shorts pattern to make and send along with the dresses you make.

Summer is almost here, why not make something special for a child in need?

(By the way, I have been trying to find out where to send dresses for Appalachia and have not been able to find it, if you know anything about this charity, please leave me a comment.  I would love to make some dresses for  our Appalachian children too!)

Happy Sewing!