This is a busy time of year. Yesterday my goal was to send off the package that has to go to Australia. That means I had to write a letter, wrap the gift and find an envelope big enough for it. Since it is a 13 by 13 calendar, I couldn't find an envelope large enough so I made one out of heavy brown paper. I hope it gets there okay. Then the Post Office is a whole other challenge. Of course there were no forms available to fill out before I got to the window. I was hoping it wouldn't cost more to send it that we paid for it. It was close, but it worked out.
Now the next challenge was to see if I could get started on the smocked dress. I didn't think I could realistically get this done before Christmas so I was just going to go for the birthday instead. But things went very well. I got the dress cut out, it is only three pieces: front, back and sleeve.
The fabric is a cute alphabet pattern.
Then I had to pleat it. I haven't used my pleater in a while (years? decades?) so I was rusty with the set up. I started to pleat and realized that I couldn't roll all the pieces on the dowel at the same time. So had to cut the threads, pull it out of the machine and try again. Then I accidentally rerolled the sleeve around one of the rollers. I was able to get it out without cutting the threads by taking the machine apart. I am happy to say it is all pleated.
The next step is to smock. I started the first row around the neck. There are only 6 rows so I actually may be able to do this before Christmas.
I just barely started the scissors case for Cabinet of Curiosities. I am changing the colors as I go along. It is an interesting new way to work. No chart to follow. Sort of like painting with thread.
I got a very interesting book that I ordered in the mail yesterday. It has a lot of old animal charts in it. I found it at a good price on Barnes & Noble. I ordered another book by the same author of flower charts. I think the books might help me with my casket design.
My goal for today is to see how far I can get on the smocked dress. Wish me luck!