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It turns out I can contribute to this weeks Sew Weekly challenge as I had something pre-made that would suit this challenge just perfectly hoorah!! So what was my favourite book growing up? Well I did love The Five Chinese Brothers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and anything Suess not to mention Where the Wild Things Are but really couldn't find any sewing inspiration from any of my favs. But as a BIG kid this Little Golden Book 'I Can Fly' is one of my favourites, the illustrations are by the very fabulous Mary Blair who was rather famous for her illustrative works she produced for Walt Disney Studios, what a joyful exuberant colour palette she possessed. So below is my sewing ode to Mary Blair and her wonderful work.


book'I Can Fly' by Ruth Krauss. Pictures by Mary Blair

book layout


This little baby doll dress I shall name 'The Mary Blair! ' she was made from quilting/craft cotton using approx 2metres at around $10. I fully lined her as the fabric was a tad bit see through. I really love sifting through the quilting fabrics because the prints are always so much more interesting and my mind goes all crazy like with ideas darting about when I'm wandering about trying to choose something. Im like a kid in a candy store. So to jazz things up a tad I added a front panel—lets call it a bib and trimmed it with red piping and a broderie anglaise fabric trim to add some va va voom to the dress, did I mention I love my sewing machines piping foot? It's fantastic and makes your garments look all professional and stuff. I used a vintage 60's sewing pattern but for the life of me can't find it as I made this dress last year.  I'm pleased with the fit I'd just better not put any weight on as she's quite snug across the front. Would I wear it again? sure! but not at the moment it's freezing and I'm sitting here fully rugged up with a balaclava on as I've been poorly, sneezing on people and stuff...not good.

dress6 dress5


....and shoes to suit.

see you next week!

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Comment by Rachel on May 6, 2011 at 9:50am
Love the outfit :)  It looks great!
Comment by Farah Heron on May 6, 2011 at 10:03am
very cute dress.  i love it.
Comment by Jen on May 6, 2011 at 7:21pm
this dress rocks


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