Yes, I actually sometimes sew for other people!
This is my mother-in-law Alana’s birthday dress! She’s standing here in front of just a few of her fantastic fashion dolls. She is a renowned doll fashion designer and makes beautiful couture doll fashions for dolls like Barbie, Tonner, Gene, Franklin Mint, etc. If you’re a doll collector (or a “Gone with the Wind” or Princess Diana fan) check out her website — Doll Fashions by Alana.
Yep, this is another Colette Moneta! My hands-down favorite knit dress to make and wear! I’ve now made FIVE of them and have more waiting to be made! It’s such a versatile, flattering pattern and I love to wear it.
The fabric I used is the bamboo dot knit in royal blue from Harts Fabrics. This is one of my favorite fabrics to wear. It’s a little bit pricier than other jerseys, but is very good quality, doesn’t fade and looks and feels wonderful. You may recognize this fabric as I’ve already sewn with it and so has Lauren of Rosie Wednesday!
This is the third dress I’ve made for Alana and the easiest! The other two I made for her was the Colette Hawthorn and the Sewaholic Cambie. Knit dresses for the win!! 🙂 I (in a not very sneaky manner) asked Alana what kind print/color she’d like in a dress, so she technically picked out the fabric. Even when you know someone very well, it’s still difficult to pick out fabric for another, isn’t it? I’m glad she likes this one and this dress as she changed what she was wearing on her birthday, just to put this dress on! Of course it’s always nice to wear pajamas that look like a dress from the outside! lol 🙂
That’s Alana with her “fruit basket cake”, which is her birthday tradition. I had never heard of this cake before I became a part of my husbands’ family, but apparently it’s a central California thing. It has layers of cake with fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries) and whipped cream and pudding (it may be something else, but that’s what it tastes like to me). My FIL gets her this cake and sometimes from different bakers and it always has a different interpretation, but is ALWAYS delicious. I like how this particular one has sliced almonds on the frosting. Yum!!!