I never intended to go on such a lengthy hiatus, but here we are; it’s 2022! It’s been a whirlwind since becoming my mother’s caregiver, continuing to homeschool, home renovations, and sewing all the things, but God is always good and faithful. I am so thankful for your prayers and support through all the transitions over the past year and a half. I have finally found my bearings in this stage of life look forward to creating and sharing more with y’all.
During my hiatus, one of my favorite commission projects was creating a custom wardrobe for a very special Maileg Mouse. My client provided a variety of fabrics and trims, and I used a few solids I had on hand for linings. I also found the tiniest snaps and buttons for doll clothing! If you follow my stories on Instagram, you may recall seeing some of these pieces. I had so much fun making these outfits, but unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos before delivering them.
I spent a few days drafting and toiling patterns for Maileg. Admittedly, it was tedious at first, but once I got the fit correct on all the styles I wanted to create, I really enjoyed making her wardrobe. I made a couple of dresses and overalls, various tops, a few aprons, and a couple of pants—lots of hand-sewn details throughout each piece. The sleeveless dress has the tiniest binding I’ve ever sewn!
I hand-stitched bits of the linings on each item, except for the knit activewear and the sleeveless dresses. I stitched 1/4″ seam guides before sewing each garment, so I could press and sew. Some of those little sleeves and pant legs made me reconsider my decision at times, but I think it was worth it after seeing the finished pieces. I just love a nice, clean finish and hidden seams.
My favorite look was the Pakistani salwar kameez outfit my client requested. She provided a photo for me to use as a guide, and I think it turned out lovely. I used gauze from my stash for the wrap and appliqued the “motifs” along one edge. The Indian print fabric, trim, and ribbon were provided by my client. The top and pants are fully lined.
A close second favorite look was the knit activewear collection. This coral spandex jersey from Mood was my favorite fabric to work with. It had such a lovely drape and felt so soft. I used pinking shears for the seam finishes and more hand-sewn snaps for the back closure. That jacket took a few muslins, but I think it turned out great. I wish I looked this cute while working out!
Lastly, she also asked me to make a few baby books and sew a Trixie panel by Heather Ross. It included the mouse doll and blanket. I made a coordinating reversible apron and modified the top and bottom to be reversible. These are such great gifts for babies! I’m making more to have on hand for upcoming baby showers.