Each episode of Baby Doll's FAVORITE program, Yo Gabba Gabba, begins with a greeting from DJ Lance Rock, "Hello friends!" I don't ACTUALLY say it aloud, ESPECIALLY in public, but SOMEtimes when I pick up a sewing needle or tatting shuttle I think to myself, "Hello friend!"
This week I was excited to bring three "friends" together for a play date - tatting, sewing and embroidery. EVERYBODY played nice and the result was this jumper for Baby Doll. During the winter she will wear it with a pink turtleneck and pink leggings. Then next spring she will be able to wear it by itself.
The jumper was made from Simplicity pattern 3662. The shoulder straps button in the back and the bows at the side allow for fitting. The jumper is fully lined and could probably be constructed to be reversible. I made my own piping for the bottom hem so it would match the pink I used for the motif. It was an easy pattern and I would definitely consider making it again.
You probably recognize the motif from my last post. I have wanted to add a motif to a little skirt or jumper for some time now and when I found this one I thought it would be PERFECT. I had originally planned to sew it on subtly, but somewhere in the planning process I VEARED off course and decided to stitch it on LOUD and PROUD with embroidery floss matching the colors of the fabric.
Afraid that the motif would be STRUGGLING for attention on that field of dots, I decided to give it its OWN stage which I created by first setting a green circle into a larger pink square using a technique I found on Dioramarama. It worked WONDERFULLY! Then I embroidered my tatted motif on, cut the pink circle to the size I wanted and appliqued the WHOLE shebang to the jumper. Because the jumper is fully lined the LOVELY back side of my embroidered work is not visible.
I tried it on Baby Doll and she seemed well pleased because APPARENTLY you need a colorful dress to dance along to numbers like "Hey, Won't Somebody Come and Play?" and I'm pretty sure she will be reflective for any night time walking. Safety first!