Don't have a picture yet but today was certainly productive on the dress front...and back...and sides..hee hee. The boys' shirts are finished and they look great although my plaids did not match and I managed to pick up very dark green buttons rather than black ones, but they went on anyways because I don't think anyone will be looking quite that closely!
Then after I made the lovely black and white plaid shirt for my honey-blonde, brown skinned boy I was doing some research on color/season stuff and realized it is not a great combo for him at all, he would have been much better in a brown/green plaid like the one I made for his flaxen-haired brother! Oh well, he's going to wear it anyway and he loves it.
I almost sidetracked myself and started a skirt for Abby, actually I did cut it out and began sewing it this evening but I think my needle was too dull and ended up with some trouble, so I decided to stop and go to bed before I did irreparable damage! Things were going along quite nicely there as I was having her serge seams while I was hemming the ruffles.
It actually went together pretty easily for so many pieces, it was pretty straight forward and I didn't run into any huge problems or seam ripping. I almost had a heart-attack when I was serging a sideseam for the underskirt and caught fabric in the seam - that would have been a major gaff, but fortunately it didn't create a whole just a little seam-ripping. PHEW!!!
Because everything was going so well I even attempted french seams on the sheer overlay fabric, a nice finish I must say. I was inspired by a class I'm taking at Craftsy.com (Sewing Studio with Dianne Rupp). You might even want to check some of their courses out, I'm hooked. A professional teacher I can go back to again and again anytime I want. Their prices are reasonable but I actually got mine for free on a great promotion. The kids are enjoying the class, too. I'd like to spend more time on it, perhaps after school starts, I really want to learn how to do invisible zippers.
Everything is done but the hand-sewing. I just have to tack down all the lining and she is complete! Then I will show you pictures and hopefully I will love it and it will look fabulous. I'm a little concerned that in the end it will look like it should be worn by a 19 year old instead of a 42 year old woman. The kids have been watching my DVDs of "What Not To Wear" and they are very big on being 'age-appropriate' in your wardrobe. I've been sensitized, I hope that I haven't gone to alot of trouble for nothing.