I’m not hiding on purpose! but this is the only corner of my new yard that has anything botanicals at all! This winter and in the spring I’ll be on a mission to change that.
I am very used to spare soil and thin grass at my home in Weston. It was built on fill. Here, my grass is deep, luxuriant, and just beautiful. I also have a wonderful grounds keeper, who also tends my son’s house. I’ve gotten in touch with a nursery that has things like strawberry guava and gem magnolia trees.
Back to the dress! In my previous post, I despaired of insufficient yardage to put a ruffled hem on this dress. And I have more fabric coming. Meanwhile I did have enough yardage to do this delightful polka dot version in tencel chambray from Cali Fabrics.
It is so nice to wear and swan around the house! I used Lisa’s guidelines on her blog blog post to decide on the length of the skirt and depth of the ruffle.
Just a few sewing notes:
- Sewing the dress is pretty staightforward. Now – that ruffle. Mine is about 1.6 x the bottom width of the skirt. Of course I halve and quarter the skirt and ruffle. But being impatient with slippery pins, I also baste the two pieces together at the half/quarter points. This way I am not kerflunked by the fabric moving around.
- After sewing the pieces, I do a neaten job with my serger.
This is a house dress, comfortable but with a little fun.