Monday, November 03, 2008


In an effort to simplify, I have been sewing away, making presents for family and friends for Christmas. Over the years I have often made gifts even before it became popular! I have sewn all my life and love to make things for others to enjoy.

Since the birth of my first granddaughter, Gigi (18 months), I have loved making little girl clothes again. I began making my own clothes when I was about 10 years old. My mom taught me how to sew and I guess I had an immediate love of it. I have made many dresses for my daughter, Nicole throughout her life: from play clothes to dressy dresses; Halloween costumes to prom dresses; a flower girl dress when she was 3 1/2 yrs old for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding to 7 bridesmaids dresses, a flower girl dress and 3 junior bridesmaids' dresses for Nicole's wedding as well as her wedding dress when she got married over 5 years ago! Sewing is definitely a passion of mine.

Recently my daughter asked me to make some doll dresses for two of Gigi's dolls. I searched through my many patterns but ended up copying a dress I had made in the 80's for Nicole's Cabbage Patch Doll , now Gigi's doll.

I made a sundress/jumper (pictured at top with doll dress and below) for Gigi to match this Cabbage Patch doll dress (pictured on right) made of a cute pink floral cotton print with kitties. Now Gigi will match both of her dolls (the other one I made for her baby doll named "Molly" ).

I made a second doll dress out of
Hawaiian Plumeria fabric that matches
a skirt I had made for Gigi over the summer
(also made a matching one for Nicole!)

Can't wait to see her expression, and yet wondering, if at 18 months, she'll recognize they match!!

I've got several other Christmas projects in the works, but don't want to spoil the surprise, so I will probably share these after Christmas!!

You can see other sewing projects and ideas at Simple Mom who is hosting the Handmade for the Holidays for sewing.

P.S. I'm also MOM to Gidget (aka Nicole!) of Gidget Goes Home and Gidget Loves Language