Pictures drawn by Bunny - age 6
I finished this dress this weekend. I love it. I love the print, the ribbon - everything about it. I just realized that I don't have many dresses at all. I've been living the last 20 years of my life with primarily skirts and blouses because of all of my nursing babies. I don't think I even had many maternity dresses. This will is perfect for a hot summer day! I made a lot of revisions to the bodice because I'm broad in the back.
I was going to post a whole bunch of pictures of my Mother's Day, but thought this slide show summed it up better. It was such a gorgeous day and having my whole family together was the best gift of all.
Pearly had her eyes set on this pattern long before me. She made the first one and then I had to find something to use to make it, too. From cutting to completion = about 2 hours! I love instant gratification sewing! I think I want to make the sleeveless with ties next.
The fabric was a red dot clearance item from JoAnn's - poly/rayon/lycra. I buy the cheapo stuff from JoAnn's to "practice" on. Obviously with my height, there are a lot of pattern revisions to make, so by using practice fabric, I avoid losing a lot of $$ in case the piece doesn't fit. So far, because of very careful measuring, I haven't had to discard anything. Woohoo!
My next goal is to try pants, I think. Yikes, the thought of that scares me.
I'm thinking of these pants:
I like the lower left top, too, but that can wait for another day.
There are still some very chilly days in May Oregon and I find myself grabbing this hoody I made a few months ago. I thought I'd post a finished picture of it. Pearly and I have been pouring over pattern catalogs online trying to pick out just the right patterns.
Here is KWIK SEW 3094 - an older pattern, but Kwik Sew tends to stick with more classical styles instead of following the very trendy looks. Kwik Sew's patterns are on regular paper, not tissue, which makes it ideal for copying on to tracing material (which is great for me since I end up redrafting patterns by adding 7 inches to pants length and 3+ inches to arm length). Another great thing about Kwik Sew patterns is that it has all sizes on the pattern from XS to XL.
I picked up this funky embroidered polar fleece at JoAnn's on the clearance section (half off clearance and it was about $2 p/yard, so this is one inexpensive "muslin"). My husband says it suits me. It's a bit funky and very casual, but sometimes it's the first thing I grab if it's chilly out. It's very comfortable and check out those long sleeves!
With the hoody on - pardon me, the camera caught me pulling a piece of stray piece of hair off - lol.