For the birds

I don’t know how I get myself into these things…

Okay… I do. It all started with the fair cardigan I knit that was destined to become Wren’s Christmas present. I knew I wanted a frilly little dress to go with it.

The trouble is… I really wanted something with birds on it. Parrots to be exact. Wren’s mother, Krista, love birds – especially parrots. But I couldn’t find anything in the stores that would work. Not even something with just regular birds.

Then one day at Lens, I thought – how hard could it be to make one? Famous last words…

I found what seemed like would be a simple pattern. It called for two contrasting fabrics. They didn’t have parrots, but I found these colourful little songbirds.


The feather fabric was in another aisle, but I thought it was a great match. Krista loves colourful things and both prints would go great with the orange from the cardigan.

The fabrics have been kicking around the studio for a while, but last Sunday, I decided it was finally the day to tackle it.

Things went ok.. at first. I remembered that I really don’t like sewing curves that much, though since making a few bags, I’ve gotten better at them. Then I realized I’d cut my feather fabric wrong, and I wasn’t going to have enough. A quick trip over to Lens solved that pretty easy, but it was an interruption I didn’t need.

Then I got to the gathering. I #@$%ing HATE gathering. It’s something I’ve done before, but I’ve never been very good at it. I struggled through it with a lot of swearing and a lot of ripping… and eventually…


The dress was done! And it didn’t look half bad… I couldn’t believe it! Wren turns two in April, but both the dress and the cardigan are size 3… just to be sure she won’t outgrow it too fast.


And I was right.. both fabrics look fabulous with the orange cardigan. Maybe all that frustration was worth it…

12 thoughts on “For the birds

  1. Shirley

    That dress is just adorable! You certainly did a great job on pattern, fabric selection and construction. The cardigan is so pretty and I love the color. Well done – another project completed. I have made myself finish a quilt top that has been languishing way too long. It got interrupted by moving and I struggled to get back any enthusiasm for the project. Finally, I just did it. I even made the backing, layered it, pin basted it and quilted it this last week. Yeah, I am so totally relieved to have it complete. And, after all that, I actually like it and may keep it instead of giving it away.


  2. That is such a beautiful dress. Glad you were able to find the songbirds pattern to use for it. They are so colorful and she is going to look so cute. The hard work really did pay off. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


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