in the Pacific Northwest
Today is Labor Day and I’ plan to spend some time working in the garden. The season is winding down here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and I have some clean-up to do, although there is still quite a bit of color left to enjoy. I have found that many creative people are also avid gardeners; I think this may be related to the shared elements of color, design and hands-on work that are common to both pursuits.
Last year I created a video of my summer garden. I had a particularly nice garden (some years are better than others) and wanted to be able to remember it during the nine months of gray we tend to have in this part of the world… and thus my video was born. I hope you enjoy watching it, too. Happy Summer!
“I like pretty things.”
I think I’m a teacher at heart. I really like the idea of introducing children to new experiences outside of their everyday lives and with that in mind, my Sewing Adventures has come into being. The Adventure provides a child with the opportunity to experience the various steps in the process of dressmaking. We begin by searching pattern books for the perfect dress, followed by measurements and size selection. Then we peruse the array of beautiful fabrics narrowing down our choices to of favorites. Then it’s off to visit the notion department for necessary threads and zippers, etc.
It is wonderfully creative for the kiddo and a whole lot of fun for me. I have found that children are refreshingly free of preconceived rules about color and design and go in all sorts of directions that I might never think of. It’s always a delight to set my fashion sense aside and let the princess take the lead.
I knew I was in for a good time when we first arrived at the fabric store; Addie looked around at the huge display of color we were surrounded by and then looked up at me with her sparkling eyes and said, “I like pretty things!” I smiled and answered, “Hey, me too!” And so began Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure.
As they say, third time’s a charm. I’ve made this pattern twice now in cotton florals and I decided to step up my game with a piece of hot-fuchsia linen. I must say, I am very happy with the results. I like the understated sophistication of a linen dress for summer; it’s easily accessorized up or down making it extremely versatile. A pretty summer sandal, the right jewelry and it’s perfect for an evening out. Or, slide into some comfy flip-flops and go grocery shopping in style. Either way it works, making it a great addition to my summer wardrobe.
I’m seeing a little black dress on the horizon.