Sophie Flying High

if i can sew, nothing really gets me down too badly

Last night, while we hosted one of our children’s (11 year old) friends, I finished the white linen dress I’d been envisioning for Sophie.  It’s actually a linen / rayon blend (underlined with a cotton / poly batiste), and it’s oyster-colored, not white:

The dress plus her latest Lego creation.

The dress plus her latest Lego creation.

Honestly? Linen is hard to photograph in a flattering way. Or at least it was today. The dress is lovely and very substantial – a perfect dress for our winter weather. The coolest thing is Sophie helped design it: she asked for a pocket on the right-hand side for her bus fare:

The pockets were free-form created by myself and M., the little girl who was so fascinated last night while I finished it.  She actually helped quite a bit.

The pockets were free-form created by myself and M., the little girl who was so fascinated last night while I finished it. She actually helped quite a bit.

No wait – there was another great thing about the dress – besides working with the linen, which was a dream. After I finished sewing it last night Sophie immediately put it on. She wanted to sleep with it. And this morning, when she woke up, she slipped it on again and came out to see me with her hair sticking up, looking very well-slept.

Sophie, with her killer gaze

Sophie, with her killer gaze

You can see more detail shots of the dress here.

The pattern is from Ottobre magazine’s Winter 2004 magazine (I had a friend gift me with a subscription; after the year ran out I didn’t renew. I want to renew someday, as they are a wonderful pattern line). Here’s a picture of Sophie in the same dress pattern (different details) – and also the first thing I made from the Finnish magazine.

My wee little girl, all sunburned and tiny

My wee little girl, all sunburned and tiny

By the way – I loved that Drive-In fabric used in that earlier dress. It was so bright and fabulous. And if you’ve followed my sewing efforts thus far, you’ll also know I love matching, or rather mis-matching, fabrics. In this case a very garish novelty print featuring a lot of hot pink with a more demure Asian-inspired red floral. I got a lot of compliments on the dress – I wonder where it is now?

I also recently finished a princess-seamed flannel blouse – in a wonderfully soft blue and green cotton flannel houndstooth (I loves me some houndstooth!) from Denver Fabrics – which after all the effort didn’t fit me correctly. My mom spied it today and when she heard I wasn’t wearing it, she asked if she could try it on. She was very happy with the fit and now it’s hers.

Yup, very happy. Can’t you see how happy she is?

By the way, my mom doesnt always look like shes about to break her foot off in your ass. In real life, shes a rather gentle creature.

By the way, my mom doesn't always look like she's about to break her foot off in your ass. In real life, she's a rather gentle creature.

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