However, I didn't plan to make anything this year for the kids. The worst place in the world to take many little children is shopping in a Jo-Ann Fabric during the Christmas season. Other than the extreme increase in consumer traffic, there are also displayed of Extremely breakable Christmas Decor everywhere!!! I made the mistake of trying to shop the week before Thanksgiving for some fabric. With-in the first 5 minutes Porter and Isabella had both broken something! We hadn't made it in the store more than 20 feet! I almost gave up and went home at that point, but I continued bravely on and an hour later I left the store with the all the children and one extra bag with some fun material for a project.
Yet last night as my toddling angel was being
The blanket did have a cute heart embroidered stitch around the edging which I tried to utilize on the cuff of the arm. I think its a cute little reminder of its first life. The neckline is a bit odd but I think I'll turn it into a V-neck and call it good! Not to shabby for 2 hours of late night creativity.
With a mostly successful first attempt, I got even braver! The neck on my first attempt made me really want to make a nightgown with a yoke. So once again, while wrapping presents for Christmas after the kids went to bed, I took some more tissue paper and redesigned my first pattern just a bit. I traced the original neckline and then drew a larger circular shape 4 inches out. Because I wanted the sleeves and bodice to be gathered into the yoke, I widened both of those pattern pieces as well. The bodice changes a bit toward the top, but if you lay the pattern pieces out together, its not too hard to find the proper shapes.
As an added bonus, that I was hoping for, but wasn't sure could be done.... Both little girls can wear the same nightgown. Its a bit big on Abigail, but she doesn't mind. Anything that simplifies laundry, I am all for!