I haven't been sewing a lot this summer. I have made a few things for the granddaughter and reworked a couple of things, let out an old favorite skirt that had gotten too small around the waist (You know clothes shrink if you leave them in the dark end of the closet for too long. True story.) but not a lot for myself that's new. The biggest reason for that is that I already have ten feet of clothes stuffed into a five foot closet. But we are getting very close to finishing the new house that we have been building for three years. It makes me anxious to talk about being close and maybe being able to move in in a few weeks; I feel like that kind of positive thinking invites disaster. But anyway, if we ever get to move into it (there, that's better - "if") I will have a huge walk-in closet with lots of room for current and even future clothes.
I bought this gorgeous big floral from eQuilter several years ago, with the intention of making a shirt or tunic - something bright and colorful for winter - but it's a lighter weight fabric than I anticipated so I put it away to wait for a fashion epiphany. And here she is!
It's mid-calf length. It looks longer in all the pictures. I only had enough of the floral for a very simple dress so I used this old Simplicity pattern and added the asymmetrical yoke and pockets. The animal print fabric is from a local fabric store. There was slightly over two yards left on the bolt and I got a 30% discount for buying it all. So I have a big piece of it left over.
One of the dresses I made for my granddaughter last year had this style of pocket. I loved them and have been wanting to put some on a dress for me ever since.
Finally, I made a matching mask and I sort of didn't want to share this picture because it makes me sad but such are the times we're living in.
Now I'm ready to look fashionable for my weekly grocery run. And honestly, in normal times I rarely went anywhere non-essential anyway. About all I have had to give up is lunch at Whataburger once every month or every other month and the occasional breakfast at IHOP.
The first and last pictures were taken in what will be my sewing room in the new house. The wall color didn't photograph well. It's actually a gorgeous bright sky blue. We don't have a ceiling light in there yet, just a work light on a stand. That's the reason for the weird shadow on the wall.