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Before I checked off these crazy Get-Out-of-Dodge lists--and lived to tell about it :) and packed my bags for Mongolia,  (you know, I'm not really a list person, but I simply forget too much important stuff without them)

I managed to stitch up a few things in Colorado like...

Pillow cases for Kelby's birthday when he got his big boy bed...

and two dresses that I'm reaallly hoping will fit Abby on her September birthday

This Kwik Sew was my 1st experience with downloading a pattern.  Pretty slick!  Plus, I won't have to dink around with the different kids' sizes by re-buying or tracing.  Just print it off again (in fast draft)!
This was an attempt to duplicate a much pricier dress.  I was really pleased with the pattern and detailing.  I finally figured out how to accomplish decent threaded button loops!  Instead of crotchet thread, which is too thick to initially get through the fabric, I used 4 strands of regular thread and crotchet my loop then pulled through to knot with the needle.  Pat on back :)  These fabrics were beautiful cottons from Hobby Lobby--the picture doesn't do them justice.
and of course, a doll dress to match for her 18" doll :)

Once here in UB, I was inspired to download this pattern

to make this skirt

from a cotton sari length I had bought in Singapore a few years back.  They wash up beautifully!  Soft with nice drape.  AND I remember paying less than 5 USD for it :D  Yes, I bought a stack for gifts, table covers, etc.  I probably should have done a wrap skirt to do justice with the print's sari layout, but I'm really picky about wraps--no surprises in the wind, you know?  I couldn't seem to find a mock wrap, so it is what it is.  This one is fairly straight with darts, side zip and side slit.  I wore it out last night and like it lots.

Well, off into the day.  Need to start thinking about packing--Venice by the end of the week--God willing and Aeroflot flies!  Ciao!

"Trust in no substitutes, seek no other refuge, lean on no other crutch but the living God.  Love Him as you love no one else on earth."
Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Chuck Swindoll

Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.
Psalm 73:25, God


Nikki said…
Nice work! Love the skirt, and Kelby really loves his pillow cases :)

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