First up - Concert Dresses. My dear friend has two daughters who play violin and they have a performance coming up this weekend. All the girls wear jewel toned stretch velour dresses. This year these two talented young ladies needed new dresses. An adaptation of Butterick 4220 was the pattern chosen to accomplish this goal. Basically I've used View D, and added 3/4 length sleeves. I have faced the neckline to keep it smooth. Even though I have understitched the facing and tacked it to the shoulder seams, I hope it will not roll out while the girls wear the dresses, since the fabric is so heavy. I have used a midnight blue, stretch, polyester, velour. I think this is the first time I've used my coverstitch machine to hem this type of fabric and it handled it beautifully. If you take a close look, the neckline has a very slight V-shape. I like how it is subtle.
|Cover-stitched Hem at Sleeve|
I will continue to add a couple of bags a week for a while, but I am anxious to get started on a new project using New Look 6032 in a black rayon/linen blend and a knit top using a red and white striped knit with a "yet to be determined" t-shirt pattern. I also need to make some more progress on my jacket for the RTW Tailoring Sew-Along, which is just finishing up. I'm just a wee bit behind there :)
On a personal note, the boys and I have about 5 weeks more weeks of school before our summer break. Since we took our spring break last week while our guests were here, we have some catching up to do, and we are preparing for standardized testing. So I am quite busy on the homeschooling front too. Not only that, but I have already signed up all three boys for their favorite sport of the year...soccer...which begins in August. Life is moving at a lightning pace for me right now. How about you? Well whatever your pace, may the weekend be glorious! Aloha!
|Protea, named after the Greek god Proteus. There are so many varieties of these in upcountry Maui. I will share more when I blog about the Alii Kula Lavender farm., one of my favorite places to visit in upcountry Maui.|