Finally! My first bubble dress

By Melissa LeRay

I’m pretty sure that this was the pattern that first lured me into the Oliver + S cult.   Truth be told, I’m a sucker for bubbles.  They’re not much different than a regular dress (or onesie), but the added fluff makes even the simplest dress a lot more festive.  I picked up this fabric from Rainbow’s End quilt shop in Dunedin, Florida.  This is apparently the biggest fabric store in the state, and they always have a lot of great finds.  My pictures aren’t that great, and I apologize.  The glossiness of the dress, and the lighting, and my lack of camera skills combined for “eh” shots this time around.  Anyway, enough about that.  This fabric is a purple gingham dupioni silk.   I found it quite hard to tell the right side from the wrong side – how can you know for sure, really?  I bought this last fall, and turns out it was just the perfect fit for her first Easter dress.

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Good karma bag

By Melissa LeRay

I do not particularly enjoy sewing bags and purses.  Yes, I think they are super cute and functional.  I just loathe all the interfacings/stabilizers/crap that is required of them.  I’m just not a fan.  But, for a worthy cause, I will happily put on my big girl panties and sew one up.

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Getting better with the press

By Melissa LeRay

For my Christmas-slash-birthday present, I convinced Matt that I needed a letterpress.  It took a lot of convincing, but she arrived in January, and its been a fun-slash-frustrating time ever since learning how to use it.   We ended up purchasing a tabletop Hohner.  It had been restored, and painted red, and was exactly what I was looking for.

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Lazy days

By Melissa LeRay

Elise is growing like a weed.  Up until she was 6m, she was pretty much tracking right along at the corresponding clothing size.  Then she had a major spurt, and just about bypassed the 9m clothing right on to the 12m, and even some 18m.  I was ill prepared.  I thought that making her a few skirts would be great for the spring and summer, and with the elastic waist band, be a little harder to outgrow in a quick fashion.  I’m in the middle of clearing out my fabric stash, and found a few prints that would be perfect – girly, spring-like, and juvenile without being too babyish or novelty.  It also gave me a chance to play with some of my new ribbon.

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Wee care for the wee one

By Melissa LeRay

Elise was only 3 days old here.   We hadn’t even left the hospital yet!  Look at those big eyes, and that sweet, (yet slightly mischievous!) look.  I have a very special place in my heart for heirloom garments.  Not as much the traditional, long, Christening gowns – which are stunning, but the simpler dresses that are smocked or embroidered.  The delicate lace and entredeux are such sweet adornments that aren’t found in any of today’s mainstream clothing.

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I <3 Japanese patterns

By Melissa LeRay

I’m not sure exactly where I was first introduced to Japanese sewing patterns, but since then its been a slippery slope of spending.   The collection wasn’t helped by my trip to China.  I think I came back with no less than 40 books.  It was a good thing I packed extra luggage.   I also came back with a lot of fabric, which is where the outer fabric for this dress came from.  The lining is Anna Maria Horner pink voile.

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Sunburst Mosaic Mini Quilt

By Melissa LeRay

The idea for this mini quilt came to me in a dream, which has never happened before.  In the dream, I was at a craft show, and I spotted a mosaic.  The mosaic was more metallic in color, but I woke up and knew I wanted to make this.  I had been wanting to make something for my Mother-in-law, who has done so much to help us since Elise was born.  She’s been a complete God-send, in every way.  From rubbing my back and encouraging me while I was in (my 32hr) labor, to staying two nights shortly after she was born while Matt was away and “taking the first feeding” only to take both and let me sleep through the night two blessed nights in a row.  She is always doing for others.

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Her bring-home dress

By Melissa LeRay

Or so it was supposed to be.   I made this dress while I was very pregnant with Elise.  It was made around week 35, and I was already told that she was measuring big.  When I made the newborn – 3m size, it just seemed so big.   So I cut it down.  Well, when the bubs was born, the day after her due date, she was little.  A whopping 6lbs, 8oz.  And this dress was still swimming on her.  So, these pictures were taken when she was 2.5 months old, when it finally fit her little self.  I took like 50 pictures, and I just wish I had taken more!

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