I finished this like two months ago, yet have not worn it yet -- it just feels so ... nautical. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I guess I just haven't been in a seafaring mood. But now that Summer seems to be on our doorstep it has a bit more appeal for some reason.
Skirt #2 uses the skirt pieces from a 1950s Butterick dress (Butterick 6075) paired with a self-drafted waistband and in-seam pockets stolen from I forget which pattern. I used silk dupioni which I machine washed to make a bit less shiny and crispy.
I lined it with a hot pink cotton batiste, and used a quilting cotton with white dots on hot pink to face the waistband. All my pictures of that came out super blurry so just use your imagination.
I really liked the texture of the silk dupioni after it was washed. YMMV. It still feels a bit dressy but it's not quite as fancy-pants as it was before.
So OK, enough skirts already. On to dresses. Here's the project I'm currently working on:
It's another 1950s Butterick pattern ... I love these things. I took my draft of Butterick 6075 as a starting point and did some seat-of-the-pants re-drafting to get to what is hopefully a wearable starting point. The making is currently in progress, using a rayon challis that was cheap and that I don't totally love, with the expectation that I will still need to tweak some stuff because the bodice shapes of the two dresses are not the same.
Besides sewing, I have also been working on our backyard a bit. Among other things, we're adding fruit trees! I'm kind of excited about them. We have a satsuma (a small orange-like fruit), sweet kumquat, peach, and key lime (even though we a tad north of their ideal climate). I'm hoping they survive and that a combination of the brutal Texas summer heat and my gardening ineptitude don't kill them.
|My gardening assistant with the satsuma.|