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With too much to do and too little time, I was able to whip up only two pieces of clothing for our tropical vacation.  The eyelet swing dress was fairly simple, but I chose to line it, which meant I had to think things through.  Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but I was feeling slightly under the weather and couldn’t concentrate.

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My floral swing dress.

Floral-eyelet-fabric-and-dress-pattern

This is how the dress looks on the pattern package. I didn’t do the contrast edging or the tie.

Mamba-and-sewing

Mamba begged me for attention when I was laying the pattern out.  How could I say “no” to my little muffin?  A game of fetch was a welcome distraction from sewing!

It’s important to measure a pattern against the body of the person it’s being used for or better yet, create a muslin version of what you are sewing first.

 

I usually take my chances.  95% of the time, I have to make adjustments.  I did measure my chest to determine the correct pattern size for this dress, but after the dress was completed,  I ended up having to cut 24 inches from the width of the skirt and 4 inches off of the bust!

 

It was beachy and breezy, but it looked too much like I could have been hiding a small car under all of that fabric.  I began sewing the dress with meticulous care, but after a few adjustments, I just didn’t have it in me to fawn over the details.  In the end, I really like the dress and I would have paid money for it if I found it in a store.

Wine-colored-climing-roses

Some people take coffee breaks, I take picture taking breaks. I caught a glimpse of this beautiful climbing rose bush and left my sewing for a few minutes to snap some pics.

Floral-Fabric-and-Skirt-Pattern

This is what I planned when I wrote Summer Sewing, but I decided to use a different skirt pattern because I like the playfulness of gathers and this print would not be lost in gathers.

red glass head straight pin

I love this beautiful red glass head straight pin. It was something little, but it was another good distraction to break the monotony of sewing.  I think it looks like jewelry!

Sewing does not need to feel monotonous or tedious.  It’s actually a privilege to be able to sew, but because sewing requires quite a bit of focus and commitment, it can feel like monotony and tedium if my head is not in the right place.

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My finished skirt.

The skirt didn’t need any alterations.  When I have time and am well rested, I do need to reinstall the zipper.  After a few tries, I finally gave up on a proper and pretty installation and decided to wear something to cover it!  Ironically, I bought a top that will cover the zipper and I paid to have its shoulder straps altered!

7 thoughts on “Summer Sewing ~ two items sewn

  1. Janea says:

    Wow! I love your dress and skirt. They are adorable and will be PERFECT for your tropical vacation. Congratulations! I would also definitely buy them if I saw them in a store. 🙂 It seems like sewing can be a very zen activity. XO, Janea

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    1. Yes! That’s a great way to look at sewing!

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  2. Amy says:

    I love that skirt! The dress is so cute too!… My first thought about the dress was, “hope she’s taking some cute panties, in case the wind blows!” 😉
    Enjoy your tropical trip, sister!

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    1. Nancy P says:

      Amy Beth! You are too funny. Yes, a nice pair of pantaloons under that skirt.

      Lissa – Love the skirt and dress. So cute!

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      1. Perhaps a pair of Jon’s comfy boxer briefs? It’s not too late to sew a few frills around the edges.😌

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    2. Amy, Hyper modesty has never been my thing! I dare the wind to blow!😉 Actually, the dress is just above the knee, so I think the wind would have to be hurricane strong to force my skirt up that high.

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  3. Janet Bolinger says:

    You did good Mel.
    love and hugs
    Janet

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