As the weather has warmed, I've been doing my best to make sure the wardrobes are appropriately switched over from sweaters and socks to shorts and sandals. It turns out, all that sewing and thrifitng in years past have found us pretty well covered this season. There isn't a lot of sewing for the babes that needs to be done (which doesn't mean there won't be any, just that there's no need. There's a difference, you see?)
But Mama, well Mama could use some freshening. Something that isn't intended for a growing belly, something that doesn't have paint spilled on it, something that isn't covered in peanut butter stains...yet.
And so, as a result of moving myself up on the sewing priority list, followed by a recent late night in the studio, I've got myself a new dress! Tunic? Yes, I suppose that's what it really is. It's a Built By Wendy pattern - Simplicity 3692 - View A dress, with the View C sleeves. I think I'll try it again with a few tweaks next time. Because this dress must be made with pockets. (It just must.) And I think it needs a few more gathers at the front, too. But otherwise, it's close, and very comfortable.
The fabric is an older Denyse Schmidt, from the Hope Valley line, purchased once upon a time at the lovely Z Fabrics in Portland (which I am ansty to visit in their new space!). I think I want to make it in this print next time. Hmn..either that or a sturdy, but lightweight hemp. Perhaps both are in order.
Did you think I wouldn't wear it into the barnyard? Oh, but everything gets worn in there. Taking a cue from my favorite farm fashionista, we simply slap on a pair of farm boots and get to work.
Yes, three of them might be just right.