What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Here comes baby dress number 2, the THIRD contribution to sewing seeds I have made. I am really enjoying myself but I really need to slow down. I have in-laws coming this weekend! I better get my tushy moving onto things like meal planning, laundry, and ACK!!! CLEANING!

It is getting harder to come up with different styles and coordinating fabric to make these dresses from my own stash without going to the store. I had to make the ties of this dress out of BLACK because that is what I had. Argh.

It is a mock pillowcase dress...I didn't use a pillowcase but used the same concept. Instead of making the neckline gathered with ribbon, I put elastic in it and added ties only to go around the shoulder. I didn't want the ribbon to come out accidently or anything. It will fit a 12 month old, I expect.

To add a bit of 'pretty' to an otherwise very simple fabric, I added bright red scalloping to the bottom edge, a bow to the neck...

and then I embroidered a little flower design in the corner with a few random dots.

It is simple but I think it looks really comfortable and that is important!!

Somewhat related:

GOING BACK: Ever since we visited the Owens' house with their girls, Corynn has been obsessed with getting a sister.

"Mama, I would really like for you to give me a sister...we can go pick her up today in the car!"

"Mama, these shoes can be for my SISTER."

"Mama, will God give me a sister tomorrow?"

One particularly funny time, she said, pointing to her bed..."Mama, when I get a sister, she will sleep HERE in my bed with me (pointing to the right side) and Andrew will sleep HERE (pointing to the middle) and I will sleep on THIS side (pointing to the left) because we will love each other lots."

I have tried telling her that getting a sister is not a next-day occurance, and that I don't know when or IF she WILL get a sister, but she will have none of it...she WILL get a sister.


Corynn has had lots of questions regarding the "Children in Africa" ever since I started stitching these skirts. She told me today that she thought it was wonderful that I was helping them to get clothes and she told me she wanted to help them get Mama's and Papa's and homes. Then she said, "WE can give them a home!!!"

Wow. I think I am in WAY over my head now! ;-)


Charree said...

The dress us really cute. I like the embroidery you did on it. It put a very nice finishing touch with pizazz too.

Wendy said...

You have become quite the seamstress--Well done!! I have been trying hard to comment on your posts but my computer always seems to freeze up...I enjoy your posts and hope to make your sausage gravy over biscuits when my folks come out :)

Elizabeth said...

I like the bright colors of this dress, the style is cute and the embroidery really does add to the dress!!! Great Job!

I think it is funny what Corynn keeps saying, I guess you'd better get pregnant with a girl here soon, or else Corynn is going to talk you into adopting a black baby girl from an African Orphanage :):)

Anonymous said...

HI Rebecca
Your dress is darling!

I need your help! I tried to make your "best gravy ever" and failed miserably...It was a big ol' floury mess...I followed your recipe & had such high hopes...Any suggestions? Mine looked nothing like your picture...I wonder what I did wrong?

Kelli said...

You did a great job on the dresses, Rebecca, they are very pretty and I know the little girls will be blessed by them!
Corynn is such a sweet girl, I enjoyed hearing about the conversation the two of you had today!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for all the comments on my dresses everyone! It is nice to show off your handiwork when you do it-and have friends who are gracious enough to compliment you!

Victoria...Hmmmmmm. It works for me every time but I don't use measurements so perhaps I steered you wrong in the flour amount. Which method did you use-the actual recipe or my recipe?

here is my suggestion. Sprinkle 1/8 c flour over the browned meat and allow to bubble and thicken. Perhaps that will be thick enough. If you want it more thick-just put a bit more flour in a measuring cup and mix with water to get the lumps out and add that to the gravy and let simmer for a bit longer.

If it was a floury mess-there was too much flour. Try that and see if it makes a difference. Also, make sure there is a BIT of grease in the pan to soak UP the flour!

Sorry the first time didn't work out...please try it again and let me know how it works out!

Wendy-if you plan on making it this weekend, maybe you should do this too...just in case.

Of course-remember if too much flour has already been added, you can always add lots of milk to balance it out. You may have to switch to a saucepan at the point versus a frying pan, though.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips...I will try again. I used your method of throwing some flour on the greasy sausage & it melded so nicely...but then I think I got nervous & added more flour ( I know rookie move)...and then it was downhill from there. I will try again & let you know when I've mastered it!
Have a great weekend with your inlaws...and a good SUnday dinner.
Victoria =)

abigail said...

That bit of embroidery really touches the whole thing off. I love it.