Dresses for Best Friends

October 11, 2015

keely shaw ileana - 6

My quilting cotton stash is never, ever safe.

It’s under a near-constant threat, and if I buy yardage with an eye for a certain pattern, I have to hide it in the back under something ugly or it finds its way back out to me, held by two sweet little hands and accompanied by, “Make me a dress, mama.”

(Look at her. YOU try and say no. Go ahead, try it. I’ll wait.)

She’s trained me well, and now when I’m in the shop and I see anything pink I think “Dress with twirly skirt” instead of “flying geese.” I think, “I should get enough for the doll, too,” instead of “Queen or full?”

zipperWhen I posted my zipper-finished picture to our PNQS Facebook, we had such an amazing response. So many of you messaged us to say that you’d love to branch out, but clothes are scary, and clothes with zippers? Well, we might as well post this a little later in October and call it our SCARY HAUNTED POST.

I get it! I used to run screaming from invisible zippers, too. I’d fudge and futz and push and pull, and it was never, ever invisible. I would find myself explaining the crummy zipper insertion and promising anyone in earshot that I really did know how to sew. I was actually quite good at it. Really.

It all changed with Bernina Invisible Zipper foot #35. This zipper took me just over 4 minutes to put in, and it only took that long because I couldn’t believe it was actually only taking that long and I kept double checking that I was doing it correctly. keely shaw ileana - 3

The fabric is Dear Stella Polka Dot in Coral from Pine Needles, and while it would also make a fabulous addition to your favorite girly quilt, it’s also now our current most favorite dress in the entire world, and we wear it even when it’s dirty, even when we just wore it yesterday, and we’d wear it in the bath if we could figure a way in without mama noticing. Alas. 

The pattern is the Ileana Dress by Compagnie-M, a Belgian independent pattern designer named Marte who has an eye for little girl fashion like nobody’s business.

So, consider this your public service announcement. YES. You can conquer any clothing fears you may have. YES! We are a quilt shop, but if you take a stroll through the bolts, I bet you’ll find a twirly dress or a bag for you or a skirt or top that you would love to wear…in amongst the quilts-to-be. 

Have you made any clothing lately? I’d love for you to share it in the comments here or on Facebook! 

keely shaw ileana - 1

Also in News

Secret Garden: New Project, New Choices
Secret Garden: New Project, New Choices

November 15, 2018

New Project, new choices…..there is nothing I love more than sitting down with a hot cup of coffee, a new pattern, under a cozy blanket in the early morning quiet. 

When you crack the seal all the possibilities are let out in to the open to be discovered like a treasure. My Secret Garden was no exception to the rule….I started with a predetermined color palette that soothed my soul and called my name.

Continue Reading

I am AWL in!
I am AWL in!

July 01, 2018

Do you use an awl when sewing?

I was presented with this wonderful tool years and years ago when I attended a Pine Needles Quilt Shop VIP event as a customer!  I remember back then I was shown...

Continue Reading

On Ringo Lake – Time to Baste!
On Ringo Lake – Time to Baste!

February 01, 2018

According to my On Ringo Lake agenda, it is time to baste the quilt.  There are so many different methods to baste, I suggest researching a trying several before you settle upon the way that works best for you.  When I began quilting, I bought HUGE safety pins to baste my quilts because that’s what …

Continue Reading

Sign up for our weekly email!

Do you love quilting, sewing, and all things Bernina? Join us! Hear about all the goodies first - sales, specials, news, and events!