Virtual Grandchild

Old 07-25-2020, 07:26 PM
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I've been away from the board for a bit while I busied myself making lots of masks and a few baby things. Our only granddaughter was born in January, a baby we never dared hope for because both parents are in their mid-forties (I kid you not!). We have grandsons who are 10 and 4, but a granddaughter this late in life is a little bonus, and we're thrilled. However the current events have made her inaccessible to us for months, except by pictures and Zoom.

The "baby" in these pictures is exactly her size at the moment. I'm not sure why I have had this doll for years. One time in the mid '90's my daughter's high school band had a fundraiser garage sale. As I was walking across the parking lot toward the sales tables I saw in the distance someone tossing a baby in an alarmingly careless way, and only when he put it down on the table by one arm did I realise it was a doll. Since nobody had bought it by the time I got there I had to, in order to save her from any further abuse. Usually she sits quietly in a doll crib from my childhood. It's on a high shelf and I rarely get it down. My son's comment when he saw the picture was that the real baby is very grabby right now and would not have let the cat just sit there for long. So Lizzie the cat can be thankful for that, but we'd rather have the real baby here.
The whale and the "worry monster" zipper bag are for the four-year-old big brother. The monster was an in-the-hoop embroidery design from Sweet Pea, and I should say, too that the pockets on the orange dress were from Designs by JuJu. They are done very conveniently on the embroidery machine and come in several sizes. Now I have to find a box. The orange dress is really a much more muted shade than my picture seems to be, somewhere between pumpkin and peach. The owl dress might get some green rick rack before I send it off.
Thanks for looking! Anybody else sewing baby things, please add pictures!



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Old 07-26-2020, 02:44 AM
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What a fortunate little gal to have a grandma that sews. I did so for my daughters, but was busy with career pressures when my granddaughters were born. Love the first dress with the embroidery around the hem line: Sweet and special.
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all very nicely done, an fortunate that you have the right size model
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Just last night I bought a pattern to make some little dresses and things for my baby granddaughter. All my kids are boys so I'm having fun sewing for a little girl now.
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Virtual grandbabies are just not the same are they? I am so glad you had the perfect model for the beautiful dresses you made and the whale it priceless. Zoom does make it a bit easier for a face to face but just not the same. I am sure that the dresses and the whale will be well received.Congratulations on this special grand child.
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What a fun package that will be to open, just like Christmas! Maybe they will share that with you on zoom.
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Cute dresses and whale! So sorry you can’t love on that new baby in person!
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Rose, I love your dresses! Can you share the pattern info please?

We have an 11 yo DGS and 13 yo DGD, and just added a new DGD at the end of May, so I'm starting to make little outfits again. We feel very blessed that they live about 6 hours from us and we both work from home now, so we can isolate, drive straight over and love on her for a few days.

I hope you can do the same soon. It's so hard when you can't be with them when they are small and changing so quickly.
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Great gifts you have made! It's so much fun to sew for little girls. Here are some I've made recently for my grand baby girls:

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Old 07-27-2020, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
Rose, I love your dresses! Can you share the pattern info please?

We have an 11 yo DGS and 13 yo DGD, and just added a new DGD at the end of May, so I'm starting to make little outfits again. We feel very blessed that they live about 6 hours from us and we both work from home now, so we can isolate, drive straight over and love on her for a few days.

I hope you can do the same soon. It's so hard when you can't be with them when they are small and changing so quickly.
Thank you. Congratulations on your new DGD! The embroidered dress is from a vintage pattern from when my daughter was a baby in 1978. I was surprised it was still usable. I made it a little differently, using the lace instead of a ruffle. It's Butterick 6718, which might turn up for you on Etsy or eBay or some other source. Or this Etsy pdf pattern is virtually identical but has pockets and more sizes included: https://www.etsy.com/listing/7825608...uyer_promise-1 The old Butterick pattern has a long version and two sleeve styles as well as a bonnet, panties and ruffled pram pillow. The other two dresses are my altered version of an Etsy pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/6070415...f=yr_purchases I intend to make the ruffled one at some later date. The whale pattern, in case anyone else wants to try it, was a freebie, and very easy to make: https://sewitsmade.com/blue-whale-tu...-free-pattern/ When my older DGS was 4 he had a shark toy that he carried around everywhere, so I'm hoping his young cousin will like the whale.
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