This is my granddaughter, Monkey, with her Mama and other grandma, JuJu. They live in Nebraska and are big Cornhusker fans...I mean really BIG!! Monkey got to celebrate her 7th birthday by going to her first college football game. But they are also Oklahoma State Cowboy fans because her daddy and his side of the family (that's us!) are diehard, bleed orange and black Cowboy fans. And, to top it off, her Poppa (Mr. Bill) played some college football there! Anyway, her Mama asked me to make her something orange and black (school colors) so that she could show off her Cowboy pride.
She showed me an outfit from a retail place and asked if I could make something like it. Do you know there are no peasant type dress patterns for little girls? Seriously. I thought they were "in" this year. Anyway, I had to combine two patterns to come up with this dress.
A nice wide, black and white polka dot sash really stands out against the orange chevron print.
I finsished the edges of the sash and ruffle trim with my serger. I think the two rows of ruffles are so cute. Adds a bit of flounce, don't you think?
Jane, Monkey's mama, also asked if I would make a hairbow. This is my first attempt. I've never made big girl hairbows before. Can you believe it? I've got three granddaughters!! Anyway, I layered together two pieces of the chevron fabric with interfacing to give it some stiffness, cut into several strips and trimmed the edges with my pinking shears.
A covered button made with OSU logo fabric finishes it off. It was fun to make but I have to admit that it was rather hard on my hands. I suffer from arthritis in my thumb joints :/ Bummer!
It's done and they went in the mail yesterday. I just hope it fits! Though I used the recommended measurement on the pattern, I have a feeling the neck opening may be a bit too large. Thankfully, we are going up there for a visit in about ten days so I can make some adjustments, if necessary, when I'm up there. Can't wait to see her display her Cowboy pride! I had so much fun making this outfit and hairbow that I've got one in the makes for Tater Tot, the 5-year-old granddaughter.
p.s. Referring to the arthritic pain in my thumbs....I wear Handeze arthritic gloves (if I remember to put them on!) when sewing, use BioFreeze around the joints and have my hands worked on by the chiropractor and massage therapist when necessary but the ol' thumbs still give me issues. If you suffer from this affliction, what do you do to help overcome the problem?
Until next time.....