#MarthasDancingHeart, Martha's Dancing Heart, Pillowcase Dress, Weekend Sewing

Weekend Sewing: Baby Pillowcase Dress

I have just made a dress for a very special little lady.  I’d like to introduce you to Martha Graham.  When she was born she had a  very fast heartbeat – double what it normally is for a newborn.

Marthas Dancing HeartShe was cared for really well by the staff at the University Hospital in Wales and she is now a health little girl.  She has a heart condition called PJRT and it is controlled with lots of medicine, so lots of trips back to hospital for Martha and her family.  Her lovely parents Rick and Michelle have been raising funds for the hospital and their fundraising is called ‘Martha’s Dancing Heart’.

I knew that I wanted to make a dress for Martha, so I looked around at the styles available and settled upon the pillowcase dress.  I found a great tutorial on Baby Rabies.  Don’t worry, her babies do not have rabies, just in case you were wondering!!

I bought some fabric from my favourite shop in Leamington Spa, Harlequin Fabrics.  They have lots of cute craft fabric, but I decided to go for cotton lawn as it is lovely and soft – perfect for baby skin.  It’s a really easy pattern, so I wanted to be really tidy and ensure that all my seams were neat and well finished.  It only has one seam in the centre back, so I decided to make a French Seam to keep it neat.  I love the bias bound armholes and the matching ribbon to tie the shoulders in place.

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I just h11824069_10152986898752116_2062734623_nope it fits and can’t wait to see baby Martha wearing it!  To find out more about Michelle’s fundraising, please see Martha’s Dancing Heart

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#Scope10, First Impressions, Makeover Shows, Periscope

Uncovering the Myths from Makeover Shows – Periscope #Scope10 Challenge

I saw Veronica Pullen talking about using Periscope and she had set up a 10 day challenge to learn how to use it and to become comfortable with broadcasting live from your smart phone or tablet!  Periscope is an app that can be downloaded it’s available for Apple or Android and it can be used to live broadcast to specific audience members or to the general public.  It is announced to your ‘followers’ and you can Periscopealso set it up to notify your Twitter followers that you are about to go live too.

The challenges started off gently with us learning our way around the app and broadcasting to just one buddy, so that made it less scary while getting to grips with the technology.  I missed a day of broadcasting as we have builders in at the moment and there was lots of drilling and knocking down of walls, so too noisy that day!

Yesterday’s challenge was to do a live ‘scope’ and have a rant about something in your industry.  The first thing that sprang to mind was the TV makeover shows!  I have to say, that was a little tricky, so rather than have a rant, I have dispelled some of the myths purported by makeover shows and I have let you know what it would really be like to work with an image professional, rather than one in TV land!

If you would like to catch it – here is a recording on You Tube.  Periscope deletes them after 24 hours, which has some benefits!!

I’m trialling the app so I can tell our First Impressions consultants all about it if I think it will be useful to them.  Today there is lots more drilling going on, so I’ll be scoping later in the day if you want to catch it, my scope handle is @FirstImpressions.

Have a great weekend all.

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