Friday, June 27, 2008

Yellow Flannel

Yellow flannel with blue butterflies and pink flowers. I've set aside knitting the Bliss Blanket and knitting in public in order to do some sewing I've been putting off for a long time, a long, long time. I have sewing stashes just like I have a kintting stash. My sewing stashes include fabric, of course, zippers, buttons, ribbons, interfacing, thread, machine needles, etc. Within fabric, the flannel stash by itself is impressive. I love flannel. Who could've seen that one coming, eh? This yellow stuff was chosen specifically for this project. I won't delve very deeply into details because this is a knitting, not a sewing blog. I used a pattern for both of these because the prototype non-patterned number I made for the American Girls doll didn't work out under the arms. Now I know how to do that. I undo my sewing a lot, just like my knitting. Fewer sewing operations than knitting operations are undoable. Flowing from that fact, I have had to learn how to sew minuscule, yet sturdy seams, etc.
These are for my 2 honorary nieces Emma and Sophie. They both have their birthdays around now. Emma is 9 and Sophie is 3. Back when Emma was maybe 2 I made her a plain, flannel nightgown and it turned into her favorite. Sophie now wears it. So it was time to make new ones. My main mistake was to make them match, because when Emma outgrows hers and passes it down to Sophie, Sophie will already have had one just like it. That's no fun. At least it wouldn't be for me.
Ready for wrapping

Emma's neckline ................................Both have this hem

Sophie's neckline (back.)

I did use a tiny bit of yarn for the button loop. Voila! ~ Knitting related info: Oops, it was crocheting. Close enough.

Button Loop

Pattern: None--Yarn was too thick to make the classic button loop

Yarn: Elann Esprit, 91m/ 100 yds (relaxed) - 186 yds (stretched), 97% cotton, 3% elastane, blue

Needle: an embroidery sharp--has anybody seen my betweens?


Elizabeth said...

Cute Cute Cute! They are lucky girls, indeed!!

Sue, aka seiding said...

That is such cute material! There's nothing like a nice flannel nightie, is there?