It’s been more than a year since my last blog. A lot has happened – good and bad, wonderful and awful. I made new friends. Like Cathy and Mark in Florida. And I lost a sister. I’m still shocked to say that. But she’s at peace now and I’m trying to be too. We moved back to Tennessee. So now the beach isn’t close by but so many of our friends are. And if I’ve learned anything in the last year or two, it’s the irreplaceable, priceless value of special friends in tough times. Oh and I cut my hair into a pixie after letting it get long again… It’s exhausting to be me.
Photo: My sister Marian, on the left, made me laugh then, breaks my heart now, but I’m working on it. I’m on the right. Excuse my spiral perm – it was 1990. On my lap was my niece, Pamela (her curls were natural!). She’s a 27 year old ball of fire now. And still cute.
So life goes on. We adapt and find a way to be happy – or we don’t. It’s a choice, and I choose to keep going and try to share some joy along the way!
This is still a sewing blog, so let’s catch up! There are too many dresses — and skirts and tops — that have passed through my feed dogs in the mean time to talk about in one post. I’ll show you my favorites over time … as I have a photographer handy.
But for today, here’s my latest make. The pattern is Vogue 8828, which I used before in cotton and called my Favorite Color Dress.
I modified it, deepening the crew neckline and adding eight inches for a midi length, which I think is cool with the boots. This fabric has a very soft drape and plenty of body. If it weren’t so light in color and slightly see through, I wouldn’t have needed to line it.
I’m going for a sleeker, more modern style here. Hmm. Not sure it’s working. Maybe I’ll shorten it a bit. I need to redo the hem anyway, so don’t look close. There’s a wobble in the back but I’ll fix it.
Other news, sewing wise, is my Christmas present! My Bernina 350 does a nice mock overlock, which finishes seams neatly enough. But now and then it’s not enough. I remember telling my husband (complaining? whining?) about a struggle I was having with the ravelliness of a silk chiffon. I ended up doing French seams which I find a pain in slinky fabrics, and evidently I must have said a serger would have helped… Who knew he would have remembered that? Well, he did! He didn’t really know what it was, but he went out and bought me one! What a gem!
Of course it beautifully finishes and trims seams with a three or four thread overlock stitch. But it can also do rolled hems so fine they’d work for lingerie or scarves! And you can use that feature for oh so tiny pin tucks! I spent a snowy day going through a tutorial workbook and practiced two dozen stitches. I could go on and on.
Instead, look at what’s next! It’s not spring yet, but I’m in the mood to get ready. The silhouette is a familiar fit and flair, but I made it less full than last year’s cotton day dresses. I’m not sure if I’ll hem it long (elegant, but that means heels) or short, which I could wear with flats or flip flops…
Either way, the fabric reminds me of blue and white china. So crisp and bright it makes me feel like sunshine. What makes you feel like sunshine?