The pattern is The CuppyCake dress by Pink Fig Patterns, and I made a 2 out of Amy Butler's Daisy Chain fabric. The navy and white polka dot fabric is from Joannes. This dress needs a lot of fabric. It should be great for twirling, and I may cut it all up once she has worn it to make a quilt. I do think the skirt would make a great table runner, and it will already be sewn.:) I added a ribbon from my stash to the front bodice for that extra embellishment. I think it works really well.
The back criss-crosses and has a shirred strip. This was the first time I had used elastic thread in my bobbin, and I was really worried at first. I shouldn't have been because it really wasn't that difficult. It was really neat watching the fabric gather up once I steamed the elastic thread. It just shrunk right up; it reminded me of using shrinky dinks and watching them shrink in the oven, so much fun.
We have been cooking and cooking around here. Last night I made this black bean chowder recipe, and it was so delicious! I love soup in the winter and I need to find some really good recipes. A soup night each week sounds perfect to me.
I also have been playing around on Pinterest. It is a really neat way to bookmark recipes or projects that you would like to try later because it acts as a inspiration board with pictures that you pull from your favorite sites. You have to request an invite right now, but mine only took a couple of days. It is really neat; I am on there here if you want to look at all the soup recipes I have started collecting.:)