Sunday, June 24, 2012

Have You Ever . . . ?

So my dear friends, I want to know, have you ever spent more money on the lining fabric for your dress than the actual dress fabric?  A bit crazy right?  Well, that is what I did for this dress.  I selected a soft, cool rayon for my main fabric and wasn't sure what kind of lining fabric would work.  I needed something light weight, something that felt just as nice against the skin as my rayon, and something that would drape nicely.  The only thing I had in my stash that would work was silk, so I lined my dress in some silk that I bought at $5.00 a yard.  (Sadly my fabric shop does not have great deals like that anymore on silk).

Yes, my lining is more expensive than my
main fabric, but that will be our little secret :)
Sorry for the odd colors on the above photo, hubby's camera was acting up and a lot of the pictures came out really dark.  I tried playing around with the limited editing options I have on my computer and this is the best I could come up with.


On to the dress!  I love this dress and have already spent plenty of time in it this month.  A while ago I wrote up a post asking which dress I should make for some upcoming weddings.  While this dress got some votes, it was not every one's most favorite choice.  However, I chose to make it because the bride of one of the weddings I was attending emailed me to say she loved this dress and hoped I would be wearing it to her wedding.  Well, I couldn't disappoint such a wonderful bride (who also happens to be my cousin), so I went with this dress.

This picture was included because it best shows the true
 colors of the dress, not because of my snooty model face :)

What drew me to this pattern initially was the open back - I love open backs on dresses.  I'm not exactly sure why this is, but I think it is because if I am going to show off some skin I would rather do something more tasteful than a plunging neckline.  (No offense to anyone who thinks differently, I am just one who believes in wrapping their gifts).


The first time I wore this dress was to my cousin's wedding in Indiana.  The day I took these pictures I was getting ready to head off to my hubby's work party.  It was a tour of the Wabasha Caves followed by swing dancing and gambling in the caves.  Well, dear hubby and I have just starting taking some swing lessons and thought this would be a great place to give it a try.  We had so much fun!  I am an awful dancer - I don't understand rhythm or beat and am terribly uncoordinated.  That being said, a few lessons can do a lot, because I can now say that swing dancing is a blast.  And this dress was nice and cool while tearin' it up on the dance floor.


 So just like this past fall, I set a goal of three projects for my Spring Palette Challenge, and have only completed two.  The dress that everyone was most excited to see was the Grace Kelly inspired 1950's dress.  Well the event I was going to make it up for has come and gone.  So I will be saving it for another time.   Sewing will likely be be sparse in the next few months, as hubby and I have still not found the perfect house - it's out their though.  I also want you to know how much I appreciate all of your encouraging words on my last post about selling our home!  I really do believe that was the biggest hurdle, so things are really looking good.


Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

Monday, June 18, 2012

Some Really Good News!



Hubby and I sold our house.  I hope I am not jinxing it by posting this, because it was sold subject to inspection and appraisal, but this is such good news.  It is also the explanation of why I haven't posted in at least three weeks.  Despite my lack of posting, I've been finding blurbs of time here and there to keep up with your posts and it has been fun to see every one's summer sewing.

Although my time has been filled with cleaning the house, negotiations, house hunting and packing, I did find some time to sew a dress for my cousin's wedding earlier this month.  I didn't have a chance to take pictures at the wedding, but hopefully there will be some time to get that post up soon - I'm excited to share my new dress with you.


In the meantime, my posting will likely be less than usual (which is a bummer because I have tons of ideas and things that I want to post on).  There are even a few posts that I missed.  I was hoping to do a quick recap of Me-Made-May, since it went much better than I was expecting.  I also wanted a mushy-gushy, lovey-dovey post about my two-year anniversary with my darling.  (Perhaps you are relieved that I spared you on this one - no worries, I plan on a lifetime of joyful anniversaries, so I will likely have many opportunities to gush about the hubby in the future).


Oh yes, in case you are wondering, these lovely flower photos were all picked from our garden and displayed around the house to entice potential buyers.  I like to think this is what sold the house, though I am pretty sure are great realtor had something to do with it.

You are all awesome and I hope to have some fun things to share with you soon.

Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle