Happy 4th of July everybody! For the first time ever, as of yesterday, I live in a small town for the 4th of July! I’m so excited to go over to my mom’s house to set off fireworks on her beach! My man, who grew up in Southern California, is sooooo excited about the fireworks since he never got them as a kid and his enthusiasm is certainly contagious!
Speaking of being in a small town, one day in to living here we had our first small-town experience. We had a massage therapist give us both massages today to help us shake some of the stress from what turned out to be a nightmare move (our moving truck no-showed on the day of our move!). The masseuse was talking with Adam about riding bikes and mentioned a man who lives on Tramp Harbor and works at the pharmacy on the island and is an amazing bicyclist – yeah, that’s my stepdad!
To celebrate the 4th, I’m wearing my red white and blue Kat sundress by Grainline patterns. I’m not sure why this dress didn’t get more love in the blogosphere. Okay, a few guesses – it’s a little different style than most of Jen’s patterns, it’s not an easy sew (but button plackets and zippered flies aren’t easy), and there are so many different sun dress options out there, and it’s not available in a wide range of sizes. But really and truly, this a great dress.
This dress is great for me. Since I recently discovered sweetheart necklines, I want to sew them into everything! A small fitted bodice, a full skirt, and an empire waist makes a winning combination on my body. I also love the fact that the dress has enough design elements to make it unique.
I sewed the dress out of quilting cottons that were my grandmother’s. I had to get creative with my cutting to make them fit and so some of the pieces are cross-grain and the bottom hem stripe is a different blue print. But I love the patchy combination and I love that I’m able to use things that were my grandmother’s.
The dress hem has a large facing to give it a bit of structure, and the skirt is lined. I made both facing and lining out of the white cotton voile left over from my Ph.D. dress. The body is lined the fashion fabric.
The bodice is boned to give it structure. The instructions have you sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance and then stitch the seam allowances down at 3/8″ to make casings for the boning, discarding the casing that comes with the boning – so much easier to get a clean straight insertion! As with her other patterns, Jen has great instructions and solid garment construction.
The only thing that I don’t love about the finished dress is that there is always a horizontal fold in the dress in the skirt at the center front where the bodice has a sharp curve. Does anybody have any ideas about how to prevent this? If I make the dress again, I’d like to fix that and the fact that my hem is a bit higher in the back than the front for the dress to go over my butt – an easy fix.
I hope you all have a lovely holiday and some time to celebrate! I got my sewing machine set up today and am so excited to get back to making things! A house feels like a home once it has its sewing machines up and running, right?