Saturday, November 21, 2015

Two Grainline Hemlocks.

Hello friends! I have a new favorite free t-shirt pattern! Yup, you guessed it - it's the Grainline Hemlock Tee, a simple boxy tee shirt. I actually made this ages ago, but didn't blog it right away - instead, I've just been wearing it every time it shows up in the clean laundry basket. Which is why it's a bit crumpled here, I just yanked it out of the clean laundry and threw it on! Ha! 

If this fabric seems familiar, it's because I used it to make a Plantain t-shirt last year. Another great free t-shirt pattern for women! That shirt is still in regular rotation but much faded and worn from constant use and looking a bit shabby. Still, I can't complain, this is a really nice quality knit fabric, and holds up to washing and drying and wearing really well. In all seriousness, I wear my me-made t-shirts more than any other items in my wardrobe. Knit shirts aren't the most interesting thing to sew for myself (or blog about, for that matter), but I wear them to death.

Again, sorry it's so crumpled! Ugh! The Hemlock tee is basically simple rectangles, but with a little bit of shaping. For this versions, I cut the sleeves off just past the elbows and gave the shirt a little bit of a high-low hem. It looks nice over skinny jeans or trousers or tucked into a skirt and under a blazer. And of course, it's super forgiving and comfortable. No wonder I wear it so much!

I don't have much to say about the "instructions," because there aren't any, just a sew-along. Which I didn't even look at! For someone with a basic knowledge of t-shirt making, instructions are not necessary for this pattern. 

I love this version so much, I wanted to make another one and make some progress on stash busting as well, so I whipped one up in this soft rayon tissue knit I've had in my stash forever. The quality of this fabric isn't as great as the one above, but I love the print and it's very soft and comfortable on.

I cut the hem straight across and the sleeves longer on this one, which honestly I don't like as well as the shorter sleeves and high-low hem, but I was short on fabric. Because of the very light, tissue weight knit, this one looks especially nice tucked into a skirt under a blazer, and the colorful print is just the thing to break up a black suit while providing a bit of extra warmth (as opposed to a shell) on cool days. Because this fabric isn't as stretchy as the blue and red floral above, the neckline turned out a bit wider and I do have to adjust it to avoid showing a bra strap. For this reason, it's best under a cardigan or blazer.

When I stand like this, it definitely accentuates my top-heavy figure, but it is helpful for seeing the simple shape of this tee. When I drop my arms, the dropped shoulders and drapey volume are actually quite flattering I think.

This is the best pattern! There are definitely more of these in my future!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Flannel Shirt.

Hello friends! I haven't been the greatest blogger lately, I know. I have lots going on in my life right now. I gave notice at my current job in late October, and I start a new job (actually, I am going back to my old office - a rather boring major life change, but a major life change nonetheless!) at the end of November. So I have been a bit frantic trying to wrap things up and transition my projects. I will really miss my buddies at my current job and it's tough to say goodbye to my projects (a.k.a. my babies!!!), but the new job will be great too! When it comes to my career, I would say I'm pretty conservative - I've only had two jobs in my legal career of 13 years, and now I'm going back to the first one!

I have been sewing plenty since I last posted, though. I made a couple of gifts and some autumn bunting, did a little handsewing when I was under the weather last week, and made this warm, cozy flannel shirt for Joe!

The weather has cooled down a lot in Oakland, and Mr. Joe is in need of warm layers for school. He chose this gorgeous Shetland Flannel in navy at A Verb For Keeping Warm. I've been explaining the difference between "t-shirt fabric" and "button-down shirt fabric," and he chose this for a very soft and warm button-down shirt.

This fabric. You guys! Words and photographs just don't do it justice. It is so thick and beefy. Incredibly soft and sturdy stuff. Handling this fabric is truly a sensual pleasure. Go buy some and sew with it. You are very welcome.

For this shirt, I used the Oliver + s Sketchbook Shirt pattern. Joe is still a size 5 by his measurements, but since this was intended to be a layering item, I cut the pattern out in size 6, with the full size 12 length in the torso. In my experience, this pattern runs short through the body, and I wanted this flannel shirt to be big and cozy.

In addition to adding length, the other major modification I made was to the pocket. I took the pocket piece provided by the pattern and expanded it to make a center pleat, and then drafted a pocket facing and flap. That sounds complicated, but you would laugh if you saw my hand-drawn pieces! The pleated pocket has a more lumberjack/traditional flannel shirt feeling and adds a fun detail. Although Joe wanted blue buttons initially, I insisted on brown and found these tan buttons in my stash. I was so right about that! (Sorry Joe.) I love the buttons.

This shirt can be worn buttoned up, or as a jacket-like layer over a t-shirt. Funny face optional.

This is my second time making the Sketchbook Shirt but since my last one, I made an Archer Shirt for myself, and that really got me feeling more comfortable with shirt making. This is a great pattern, not an easy or fast sew, but completely do-able for a beginner. My only constructive criticism is that (a) it really is too short in the body; and (b) I do wish it had a two piece collar option. I like a separate collar stand and collar. Although in this flannel, the one piece version is really fine, and it's unlikely to ever be buttoned up to the top. The Sketchbook Shirt and Shorts is easily one of the most used patterns in my collection. It's an incredible value if you enjoy sewing for boys. But if you make the shirt, add some length. You won't regret it.

Joe is really sensitive to textures, and prefers knit fabrics most of the time. But a roomy and cozy flannel shirt in Joe's favorite color, blue? I think this is going to get a ton of wear. Joe hasn't taken it off since I finished the shirt several hours ago, which is a very encouraging sign.

"Wait a minute ... ," you say.

"What is on Joe's legs? Those don't look like shorts ... ?"

SHHHHHHH!!! Not so loud! Yes, those are pants. The first pants to grace Joe's legs in about two years. But let's play it cool, okay? Don't make a scene. Just act like it's all normal, okay? No big deal.

Yeah, he's wearing a pair of Target sweatpants. The cold finally got to him, I guess. Perhaps there are some Parachute Pants in his future?

But next up, I have been volunteered to make a few superhero capes for Maggie's preschool auction. Bring on the nasty slinky poly satin! What are you working on?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tried n' True.

I did not formally participate in KCW this time  around, but I was inspired by all of your makes to make some clothes for the kiddos. Last week I had a little bit of a downer week for sewing - I sewed two t-shirts for Steve and didn't like either of them. They're wearable, maybe, for working around the house, but not great.  That was frustrating. I might give it another shot and blog about the whole ordeal, or I might not. In the meantime, though, I find there are few things better for recovering from a sewing slump than sewing up a few tried and true kids' patterns. Yesterday I found myself taking an unexpected sick day so that Steve could visit his dad, who wasn't feeling well. He's doing better now, thank goodness, and with my unexpected time off, I sewed out an outfit for Maggie that was in my queue: a floral Class Picnic Blouse and a pair of pink cord Parsley Pants

First up, a Class Picnic blouse in a very soft, semi-sheer cotton which Maggie helped me choose from A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland.  This fabric is so soft and nice to work with,I knew immediately it would be perfect for this peasant blouse style. I made the top in size 2T with the only modifications being lengthening the blouse by three inches and adding eyelet lace trim to the yoke, which gives the top a flower-child (also, a little night-gown-like!) appearance. I find it impossible to make this pattern without doing piping or another trim along the front, this cut just screams for a little something right there.


The Class Picnic Blouse is a strong favorite of mine. It is such a classic shape, works for girls of all ages, sews up quickly, and lends itself to fun decorative details like piping or lace. This version was definitely inspired by the vintage tastes of Ana Sofia of S is for Sewing - I love her aesthetic and am always taken by her use of trim in girls' clothing. The garments she sews look like something out of a 1950s children's book.
Although, paired with these Parsley pants and glittery sneakers, the look is more "groovy 60s" than "50s children book," isn't it?

I haven't made up the Parsley Pants pattern in a little while, but it's still a huge winner. Since Joe won't wear long pants or pants with woven fabric touching his waist, I'm glad that Maggie is now size 2T and is now in the size range of this pattern. She insists on a lot of pink, but she will wear pants at least! Ay, these children and their pickiness!

These are in pink cord (a gift from a sewing buddy), with patch pockets and knee  patches. I used up some last scraps of hot pink piping on the openings to the pockets. Since the waistline tends to be bit bulky in thicker fabrics with this pattern, I just serged the top edge of the pants and folded it once to create a waistband, and stitched it down without turning it over again. I really like this worked out with this cord. (Also, cute tummy!!) Otherwise, there's not much to report about this pattern - it is super easy and fast to sew and the fit is great.

Maggie really played up the hippy vibe by picking flowers in the front yard for this photo shoot.

And for a little something extra, Joe joined the photo shoot and just happened to be wearing a t-shirt I made him a while back and never blogged.

This is another tried n' true Rae pattern, the Flashback Skinny Tee, in size 5 with extra length for my long-torsoed boy. I've lost count of how many FSTs I've made for Joe over the years. For this one, I used some miscellaneous scraps of knit I had in the stash. I love the mix of fabrics here. The bright green ribbing is a good one, but unfortunately I've forgotten when or where I picked it up! Argh!

 Not much to say about this make, except I have really cute, sweet kids. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Maggie's choice.


Hello again! As promised, I'm back with Maggie's choice, in all its pepto-pink glory! Directed to the cotton knits at Stonemountain, Maggie chose this very, very bright pink polka dot Laguna knit, enthusiastically dubbing it "Minnie Mouse Fabric"! 

I went back and forth on what to make with it, and decided to peruse my Ottobres for ideas. Ottobre Magazines are packed with excellent patterns - and they are especially an amazing resource for sewing with knits. The sheer variety is almost overwhelming! There are so many adorable patterns, but when I stumbled on this page of Issue 6/2013, I knew I had found the one! I like that's it an autumn/winter appropriate outfit, has a Hanna Andersson aesthetic, and that adorable model in her boots sure doesn't hurt, right? I just so happened to have some Riley Blake lycra jersey in pink stripes in my stash, so we were ready to go!

These are patterns #11 and 12, the "Arctic Summer Tunic" and "Tiny Path Leggings." The tunic is gathered across the center front and back with clear elastic, and has a straight, rather than curved hem, which makes it drape longer at the side seams. The leggings are a basic two piece (front and back) legging with adorable knee patches, which are completely useless but seriously freaking adorable. I think I'll be adding knee patches to future leggings!

I sewed this in a size 92, which is the equivalent of 2T as far as I can tell. Ottobre Magazine patterns each have a size range, with an obvious separation between baby, little kid, and big kid patterns. Many of my favorite cute little girl patterns start at size 92, with the smaller items being more babyish. This was a little bit of a problem because Maggie is so small for her age and the patterns that fit her veered on too baby-in-diapers-ish for my potty-trained preschooler. This tunic and leggings are both a little big on Maggie,  but definitely wearable. This opens up a lot more options for her!

Made up in these fabrics, this is less Hanna and more Disney, for sure, but Maggie is absolutely delighted, so I can't really complain. This girl sure loves her pink! I did have to talk her into using purple for the accents rather than even. more. pink. I'm glad I won that argument.

Asking your child to make funny faces is a sure way to get them in a good mood for a photo shoot! 

I used some stash jersey for the knee patches, and this really great bamboo ribbing from Stonemountain for the neck and wrists. Since I started sewing knits, I have struggled to find good ribbing for necklines and wrists. 100% cotton ribbing may be super soft and nice but it has terrible recovery and waves and stretches out all over the place. Thick sweater ribbings are inappropriate for kids' clothes. For a long time, Stonemountain only carried decent lycra ribbings in black or white, which is just boring. So I often used stretchy cotton-lycra fabric instead of ribbing, and that was fine, but the search for colorful quality ribbing continued. Online shopping for knits is especially dangerous because you just don't know what you'll end up with, and I had some big fails in that department. Recently, Stonemountain started carrying this bamboo ribbing in a variety of colors. It seemed to have the right amount of "pop" for my purposes and best of all, comes in bright fun colors. I bought a small piece of this purple, and I am thrilled to report that this stuff is awesome! It has just the right amount of stretch with excellent recovery and it's not too bulky. It is really stretchy but then it just pops right back into place. I lurrrrve it. (You know you're a sewing geek when you fall in love with ribbing.) I've been buying a yard in every color! I love it!

The wrists are lightly gathered with clear elastic before the binding is applied, which makes for an especially stretchy and nice finish. Again, I followed the Ottobre instructions for binding the neckline and wrist seams, and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Next time, though, I will ignore the instructions to completely bind the sleeve bottom before sewing the underarm and side seams. I just don't have the serger skills to pull that off nicely and my wrists are a little mismatched right at the binding. Next time I'll sew the binding on flat but finish it in the round. It's not a noticeable issue, however.

The straight hem makes this little tunic especially easy to finish and there is a soft "v" at each side seam which is really cute. 

I broke my twin needle making Joe's Rowan hoodie, so I just used zig-zag on this outfit, with no walking foot or anything, and it looks totally fine. In my experience, zig zag hems are less likely to pop than twin needle finishes on edges (like legging hems) that are under a lot of stress. One of these days I will try using stretchy thread in my bobbin like Rachel does ... that might help with that. In the meantime, I will sing the praises of the humble zig-zag stitch, especially on childrens' playclothes. As far as a walking foot, sewing knits is such a "feel" - I seem to have gotten a lot better at moving the fabric under the pressure foot without stretching it out too much. For fabrics with good recovery like these, I find I don't need any special setup on my sewing machine. Kaufman's Laguna jerseys curl quite a bit, I find, but are forgiving to sew. Wavy hems steam right back to flat under a hot iron. The Riley Blake jersey is less curly and even more forgiving. I would strongly recommend both of these knit lines for folks learning to sew on knits. I've now sewn with them a TON  and they are the right weight for casual t-shirts and kids' clothes.

The skirt has a little twirl factor, which is always a win with the little girls!

This is such a practical ensemble  for a little girl. You could make a whole wardrobe of these. I probably won't do that, simply because there are too many other patterns I want to try! But you definitely could! And although it's about 500X more pink than I would prefer (GAG), Maggie loves it, and that's really what matters. I will continue to try to convert my children to mustard yellow, but in the meantime, it's great to see Maggie excited to wear something mama made. I can make mustard yellow things for myself!

I have a couple more items on this sewing queue to make up before I start working on my next queue! Next up, sewing for the husband! EEK!

What's on your sewing queue?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Swirly Snails.

I'm trying something new with my sewing: I sketched (okay, scribbled) some loose sewing plans in one of my sketchbooks. It's like a visual version of Nicole's "rota" and includes plans for everyone in my family (including Steve!) plus a couple of gifts. And then I have gone through each of the items (in no particular order) and knocked out my projects in a somewhat organized methodical fashion!

Who am I? Yeah, we'll see how long this lasts, right? So far it has been fun.

Every fabric store should have a basket of toys somewhere, amiright? There is a reason that Stonemountain and A Verb for Keeping Warm are my favorite local fabric stores: TOYS. I am a fan of local independently owned fabric stores for all of the usual reasons as well, but the toys are a huge factor! I can actually say to my kids, "let's go to the fabric store!" and they are cooperative, even eager! They want to know if it's the store with the kid-sized shopping cart (Stonemountain) or the one with the basket of legos and train set pieces (AVFKW). And over the years, their interest in the fabric store has expanded from the toys and potential to wreck havoc in the thread and zipper sections to the actual fabric. Every once in a while, I allow them to each pick out a fabric for a new piece of clothing. This requires some diplomatic steering by me ("No, I am not going to sew with bubble gum pink cupcake-printed quilting cotton"), especially with Maggie. Joe, with his budding sewing knowledge, is learning that some fabrics are "t-shirt fabrics" and other fabrics are "button-down shirt fabrics." Maggie still only cares about "PINK!"
On the way home from the fabric store last week, Joe announced, "When Maggie gets older, you will teach her to sew, like me, right? I already know how to sew, because I watch you sew every day!"

"Maggie," he explained, "you have to go slowly and make sure your fingers don't get pinched." 

On this most recent outing, I steered the kids to the cotton lycra knits and asked them to pick something from that section. Maggie chose something predictably pepto pink, which I will be sharing with you in my next blog post. But Joe really surprised and delighted me by choosing this really beautiful Valori Wells print. It is not something I would have picked for Joe, probably writing it off as too feminine, but Joe has such a good eye! Not only is the print fantastic and boy-appropriate, but the print reminds Joe of "swirly snails" which is obviously a win!
Also, hello, is that Joe's color or what? When Joe put on his new Rowan Tee hoodie, I commented "Joe, that color makes your eyes pop right out of your head!"

To which Joe responded, "Eyes popping out of my head?! Ewwwww. That would be gross!"

Okay,  Mr. Literal.

He may also have commented that the kangaroo pocket "looks like there is a pair of undies stuck to the shirt."
Um. Okay, now that you mention it ... I am going to think about undies every time I see that pocket!

He's wearing it, and that's what counts, right? Now I want to sew all the light blue things for Joe. Lucky for me, his favorite colors are blue and green, and he loves interesting (some might say busy) prints. While Joe is extremely picky about comfort (ahem, we are dealing with some sensory issues in my house), I do love his taste in fabrics and when we can agree on a project, he is really fun to sew for.

Anyway, pattern deets! I've been a Titchy Threads fan for a long time, but this was my first time sewing the Rowan Tee. Laura kindly gifted me the pattern a while back as a thank you for testing the Safari Raglan pattern. There's no real reason I hadn't sewn it yet except that I have several TNT t-shirt patterns for Joe and didn't feel like printing out and tracing a new pattern. But with the autumn coming, I was inspired to sew a sweatshirt-styled tee for Joe. This knit has a nice weight to it that lends itself to a warm layer, and I love all of the options this pattern provides. I decided to make the hooded version with arm stripe and kangaroo pocket, using a light blue jersey for the contrast and lining.

It may technically be autumn, but has not started to cool off much in Oakland. Joe was a good sport and came outside to let me photograph him even though this sweatshirt was really too warm to be wearing on a warm October day.

Titchy patterns are great and walk you through every detail of construction. I love that she gives you the option of printing in only one size (layered sizes) and that she tells you which pages to print for which option, so that you can save paper if you plan to make only one option. Her instructions are also super thorough.

Now, at this stage in my sewing career, I don't always appreciate "thoroughness" in instructions the way a newbie might, because there is more detail than I need and it is hard to scroll through super long instructions to find the information I do need. But, never fear! Laura has a "cheat sheet" at the end for more experienced sewists or for repeat sews. The only part of this pattern where I really needed the instructions was the arm stripe (which goes in after you sew the sleeves to the body!) and attaching the hood to the neckline. For those sections I did go to the more detailed step-by-step instructions and found the illustrations to be great.

Titchy Patterns are everything you have come to want and expect in an indie pattern - great fit, clear and thorough instructions, lots of photographs, and lots of options. And as I've said before, Laura's drafting is especially precise and her finishing is very clean.

Some thoughts on this pattern that might be helpful for others (or future Inder):

  • The sleeves are cut very narrow, and the Valori Wells knit is not very stretchy, so this is definitely a hooded tee, rather than a sweatshirt that can easily accommodate under layers. Most likely Joe will wear this over a short sleeved shirt. 
  • The stripes are not overlaid but rather pieced into the shoulder. I was (and am) a little concerned about how many seams this tee has, and whether my super-sensitive Joe will decide that they are annoying. 
  • Similarly, the hood is simply sewn to the neckline and then the seam allowance is pressed down. Topstitching in the seam allowance is given as an option. I serged this seam and topstitched the seam allowance down, but I am worried that the serged seam around the neck might bug Joe. So far he hasn't complained, but I know this kid. He's like the Princess and the Pea when it comes to clothing. I am considering going back and sewing a thin strip of jersey over that seam to protect his sensitive skin from the serged and topstitched seam allowance, which is a little thick and scratchy.
I will say this, allowing my kids to pick fabric for a project seems to be helping them to feel more excited about the things that I make them. I am also getting better about knowing what Joe will or will not tolerate as far as garments. I know Joe loves the looks of this sweatshirt, he was so excited when I finished it! So now we just have to see if it meets his standards for comfort. I get the feeling that learning to sew for kids with "sensory issues" is going to be part of my life for a long time.

Joe has already picked the fabric for his next project, a deliciously soft blue tweedy cotton flannel for a "soft button down shirt." We are currently arguing over whether it should have brown buttons (me) or blue buttons (him). But you'll have to wait your turn, Kiddo! I'm on a rota!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Vintage Maggie.

Vintage Simplicity 6054

No, no, Maggie is not vintage. Hardly. Nor is this dress, which I made a couple weeks ago, to celebrate Maggie being "back to school." But the pattern I used to make the dress is "vintage" (at least by this definition) and my choice of fabrics and rick rack pretty much scream "vintage" don't they? And "Vintage Maggie" has a nice ring to it.

I've had this pattern from the early 1970s in my stash for a few years, but Maggie only recently grew into size 2 (at age 3 and some months!), so I pulled it out on a recent browse/purge of my patterns. Maggie is always pestering me for new dresses these days (my heart!!), so at some point I pulled this down and showed to it to her. To my great surprise, Maggie pointed to Version 2, the little blue dress, and said "I want a blue dress like that!"

Now, as you know, Maggie's been on an all pink all the time kick for about a year now. I've worked with her and she has accepted a few garments that are not bright pink head to toe, but most of my recent makes for Maggie are bright pink dresses! Maggie has actually been saying "I hate blue!" lately, although I'm not sure she knows what it means. So when Maggie told me she wanted a blue dress, you could've knocked me over with a feather. Of course I wanted to oblige her and encourage this adventurous foray into colors that are not pink, but I was just really worried she might change her mind!

Vintage Simplicity 6054

I picked this fabric and white rick rack because they were the closest match I had in my stash to the blue dress in the pattern illustration. The blue calico is from JoAnns years ago - I bought it before Maggie went on her pink kick with the idea of making her something with it, and it had sat ever since. It has a cool, funky, retro vibe, for sure. I have to say, the rick rack pushes this dress completely over the top, almost into "costumey ridiculous," but it's really fun and I love it anyway. If you can't wear something over-the-top and frou-frou when you're three, when can you?

Vintage Simplicity 6054

And I'm pleased as punch to say that she did not change her mind! So it may be ridiculous and over-the-top, but she likes it and it's freaking adorable on, and it's blue, so I consider this an unmitigated win!

Vintage Simplicity 6054

As far as construction, this is a pretty simple little dress, with a lined yoke and a zipper in the back. As was the fashion in the early 70s, the dress is pretty short, but I decided not to lengthen it, since it's cute and I anticipate Maggie will mostly wear the dress with leggings this autumn. I could even see making this style in a shorter length as a tunic.

The pattern provides little guidance on seam finishing and contemplates that linings will be tacked down and hems finished by hand. The sash is simply tacked to the side rather than buried in the yoke seam as I think it ought to be. In my experience, this is pretty standard for patterns from this era. In the case of this dress, I did do things a little differently, hemming and attaching the rick-rack by machine (sewing the rick-rack onto the front yoke was the hardest part of this dress, actually, just because it was difficult to maneuver my machine over a mostly-completed dress), and inserting an invisible zipper instead of a centered zip. I used the Hanami Dress instructions for inserting an invisible zipper with lining, and, similar to that pattern, let the zipper end at the gathered waistline. This worked fine, and there is still plenty of room to pull it over Maggie's head, but for an older girl, I might insert a longer zipper to allow her to step into it. I chose a yellow zipper from my stash so there is a peak of yellow at the zipper pull.

Vintage Simplicity 6054

This dress is a lot like the Oliver + s "Hide and Seek" pattern, isn't it? This pattern is definitely a touch more "retro" and less modern and tasteful than the Hide and Seek dress. The sash and all around gathering make it a little more "little girl." Even though I have the Hide and Seek pattern and haven't made it yet, I really wanted to use this vintage pattern at least once, while it fits Mags.  But I think, without the rick-rack and in a plainer fabric, this dress pattern could be a lot less costumey and more everyday. Did you see that Alicia Paulson made this same pattern for her daughter, using a mix of prints? If I seen that version before I started mine, I might have copied her! And hey, there is still time to make more of these, since the pattern has plenty of ease for Maggie and will probably fit her for a while.

Vintage Simplicity 6054

I am annoyed that Flickr is watermarking my photos again and I haven't figured out if there is a way to post straight from Flickr without the watermark? Anyone figure that out? If so, please tell me how to do it. I really like using Flickr because it allows me to draft a blog post from any computer or device, rather than limiting me to the computer that has my photographs on it, but the watermark is super annoying. I know the trend recently has been away from Flickr (probably because they keep doing these blog-unfriendly things like putting watermarks on our photos) - is there another internet host that folks are using for photos?

Vintage Simplicity 6054

Oh my darling Maggie. Everyone agrees you have the best smile in the whole wide world. Your entire face smiles. People stop in the street to smile back at you when you flash this grin at them, because it just cannot be ignored! You spread happiness and delight everywhere you go. My lovely Margaret Joy.

I will be back tomorrow with my contribution to Imagine Gnat's Selfish Sewing Week, so stay tuned!