Yes, I Now Have Three of These Dresses

Simplicity 1803

retro style

Retro style dress

Because, why wouldn’t I have three of the same dress?  Wouldn’t you if you were trying to perfect a pattern and thought maybe just maybe the third time would be the best one yet?  Well, after making this dress THREE times, I think I finally have it down so that my next one will be perfect.  Yup, I said next one, because at this point a fourth one is inevitable, only not for a little while yet.  I have finally tired myself out with this pattern for the time being.

I can’t believe it but after sizing down completely, this dress still ended up a little looser than I would have liked.  You maybe cannot tell from the pictures, but about half an inch from each shoulder should do the trick, and maybe about just as much from the bodice will give me what I am looking for – the perfect Simplicity 1803.

I was really worried going into this after sizing down though, because according to the finished pattern measurements, I would be cutting it pretty close – about 1/2  inch less than my actual measurements, but I had nothing to worry about.  I am even willing to say that I would probably be alright sizing down one more time.  Ah, this pattern ease thing can be a bit of a pain!  I guess I’ll just keep making wearable muslins until I get it right.  In the mean time, all three of the versions I have made in my quest for perfection all seem to fit fine considering I am not completely satisfied with any of them.  I am probably the only one noticing these fitting issues, but I am aiming for the perfect dress here.

Simplicity 1803 pattern

One other thing about this pattern, I do not recommend the cut out neckline version.  That is what this one was supposed to be, but that was a big mistake.  I had to unpick and redo the bodice completely after trying it on and feeling like I was about to choke myself with the ridiculously high neckline.  To me it sure didn’t seem that high up in the picture, and I had read some other opinions about this version so I did lower it some to begin with, but it wasn’t enough to make it wearable for me.  I really wanted to just scrap the whole thing altogether after this, but I liked the material enough to persevere.  I might have spent more time seam ripping than sewing on this one, but I guess that is how it goes sometimes.

Now, I am ready to move on to the Simplicity 2444 pattern using my nice and new, non-clearance material.  I will probably go smaller than I think I should just because if past experience is anything, I don’t think it will be a bad idea.

*Linking up with: Tuesday’s With a Twist, Do Tell Tuesday

Nothing Thrifted to See Here…

Good morning, all you blog readers.  How is today finding you where you are?  Me, it’s gonna be another wonderful day, I can already tell.  Another wonderful day, weather wise with low humidity, a cool breeze, and temps in the low 80′s.  Wonderful I say!

Who’s been thrifting lately?  Unfortunately, not I.  I am afraid I have nothing blog worthy to show for this week’s Thursday Thrift.  My current outfits consist of mostly a black and white striped t-shirt and whatever cargo skirt that isn’t lost in the overflowing mess that is my closet, my swimwear, or my gym clothes.  It’s just been one of those weeks where I have worn nothing blog worthy (if you could call everything else I’ve put up here blog worthy, I don’t know…).

Anyway, nothing thrifted to see here, as my title already indicated, so instead, how about some shoes?  I saved a couple more pairs this week.  It’s time to do the final count, but like I already mentioned, my closet, well, it is a mess.  I need to clean it up before taking on a shoe count cause I have a feeling there are some shoes I might miss otherwise.  Just to clarify, I am trying to clear out the stuff I don’t wear and I had started a neat little pile on top of some folded comforters.  My boy needed one of these folded comforters so pulled it out from underneath all the neatly placed clothes and that was just the beginning.  Then we went out of town and had to drag out the suitcases so this pile of clothes became less of a pile and more like many piles, now not just confined to one area of the closet.  Plus, the summer clothes finally came out and nothing else got put back to take its place.  What a mess really!  But this week we are swimming and not cleaning closets.

Okay, shoes, here they are.  All two pairs of them, saved and ready to wear next year.  (Hopefully they will get worn sooner than that though.)

Shoe Save 27 - Xhiliration brand

Shoe Save 27 – Xhiliration brand

Shoe Save 28 - Candies brand

Shoe Save 28 – Candies brand

I didn’t have anything thrifted today, but maybe you did.  Leave me a comment, or if I find your #ThursdayThrift post, I’ll add a link here.

Thanks for stopping by!

*Linking up with Shoeperwoman, and Simple Sequins

Between the Grass and the Grapes

July grapes

Two Mondays in a row and I have no new clothes in my closet (except that black and white striped shirt that I bought last week. It was only three dollars, how could I pass it by?). Well, no new clothes of the homemade sort anyway. Sorry for any of you who stopped by to see something like that. I did get started on something, but only got as far as a few seams then realized that I didn’t have any more interfacing. It’ll be sitting on my sewing table, as is, for a couple of days until I make it to the store, but it’s a start at least.  I’m making the Simplicity 1803 again.  Only this time, one of the different versions – the one without sleeves and with the neck yoke.  I hope it comes out alright because rather than fine tune my last version, I am going with a size smaller.  It should fit…  I hope it fits…

Sewing was just one of the things I finally got to this weekend.  The family also did yard work.  Yes, it’s a group effort now.  The boy mows, my guy uses the weed eater, and I get to spend the time behind the push mower.  Hey, how is it not the other way around with my boy behind the push mower while I am sitting comfortably on the riding mower, working on my tan?  Oh, yeah, I know why.  If I left the push mower up to him, he just might mow over the few things in the yard that I actually have growing besides grass and weeds.  Anyway, the group effort makes it really nice.  A little less for each of us to do.

EJ mowing

The day wasn’t over with just our yard either.  We headed out the the family property, the vineyard portion, and worked on the vines.  I did the vine part while the boy found his place seated comfortably, once again, on the riding mower; however, not before helping me with a little pest control.  If you saw these disgusting things on my Instagram or Facebook feed, I apologize for showing them once again.  As gross as they are though, they kind of photograph well.


That was about the sum of my weekend.  I also did a little bit of ebay browsing, and managed once again to put off my ironing for the week.  Hope casual Monday will be alright for my guy…  Oh, that’s right, he does have a shirt or two left in the closet that’s freshly pressed, my ironing procrastination should be good for one more day.  Now for this week, a lot of time is going to be spent in the sun:  swimming, some more vine tending, and the blueberry picking is getting close to being done.  Here’s hoping I don’t come across anymore caterpillars.

My Week as a Homebody, Well Kind of…

Who’s happy it’s Friday?  I am!  I had a pretty laid back week after last weekend away.  I was happy to stay home and not do too much for once this summer, but then I got to thinking about it this morning, and you know what?  My week at home wasn’t exactly a week at home.  Since I made an intentional effort to stay on vacation mode though, I at least felt like I was more of a homebody, taking it easy, even though I actually was in fact out and about more than I even realized, and doing quite a bit.

I baked, I swam, I went to Jackson – twice, I ate out almost every night, and I went to the family property.  Plus, sat in on a few gardening lectures and made it to work out.  Doesn’t seem like I was a homebody much at all, does it?  Having a relaxed mindset sure does make it seem a lot less busy though.  I should keep this in mind more often.


Some details about the week.  It had been two years since I made the annual UT Extension garden show, and a few friends of mine were going, so I decided to join them for a few hours.  I didn’t stay as long as they did and only caught three of the lectures, but I was glad that I went.  I learned a few things about growing grapes, and about planting around this part of Tennessee, plus got some ideas on garden art.  I only wished that my guy felt the same way as I do about wine bottles decorating the yard, but that is alright.  I guess I am fine keeping our wine bottles full of drinkable liquid in the utility room, rather than having them filled with dirt and morning dew buried in the backyard.  ;-)



I got some of my summer shoes finally worn.  I have a month and a half left to wear my remaining shoes for the Shoperwoman shoe challenge before I start packing them up for the Goodwill, and I still want to keep every single pair, well mostly every single pair, so I took the couple of opportunities out this week to wear these.


Shoe Save 25 – Colin Stuart


Shoe Save 26 – Colin Stuart

I’ve been on the fence about keeping the black ones, but wore them anyway to give myself a little more time to decide.  There will probably be a lot more shoe pictures to come between now and September just so you know.

And that was the gist of my week.  I did a lot for thinking I didn’t do much.  As much as I hate to say it, there are only five weeks left before the next school year starts.  I am gonna remember this week and keep a laid back, carefree attitude for at least four more of them.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

*Linking up with the Shoeperwoman


A Little Bit of Inspiration – of the Sewing Kind

It’s not Monday, and over here on the blog I am trying to make Mondays be about sewing projects and things that I have made/completed.  I didn’t have anything to show for this week – being out of town last weekend kind of made it hard to have the time to make something – so, instead, I’m gonna write about what I want to make on a Wednesday.

I wanted to take part in a neat little sewing along that started last month, an outfit along actually, and I didn’t even get started.  You see, part of this ‘outfit along’ was to knit a sweater to go with a dress, thus giving one a complete outfit.  I had good intentions to start my first wearable (ahem, if wearable would be what I would call my first knitted cardigan) knitting project, but got cold feet and haven’t even started yet.  The dress part of the sew along just so happens to be one that I have already made two of.  Remember April’s Dress?  Two dresses in a row from the same pattern is about all I can do before wanting to try and make two of something else.  Although, the sewalong could be any dress, but there are just pointers and instructions for that particular one.  Long story short, I am still inspired to knit a sweater and I am gonna go with the intended dress from the outfit along as soon as I get my knitting confidence up – I still need a little more practice with a few kinds of stitches.  The deadline of the project is July 31st so I suppose there is still time should I want to dive on in.  Still time for me to start that is, cause there is no way I would have the cardigan part finished by the deadline for sure.  Here’s a picture of the sweater in question.  You can click on the photo for information about the project should you be interested yourself.

Outfit Along with Untangling Knots - the Myrna sweater

Photo Source:  Outfit Along with Untangling Knots – the Myrna sweater

Next on my ‘I want to make’ list:

A Maxi Dress like this one from Simplicity:

Simplicity 1801I found a lovely version of it online that Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking made.  Hers is very pretty with a wonderful looking geometric print.  Sometimes I over look patterns completely until I see how someone else has made them.  This was one such pattern.  I think it would make a great long dress in a geometric style fabric – just like the one she made.

And lastly on my list – for today anyway – another dress, are you surprised?  And this one I have had on my to make list for a while and even went as far as getting the pattern and some material.  I haven’t started yet but very easily could, like right now, if I wanted to.


I have two pieces of fabric to choose from though, so it might take longer to get going on it than I would want.  I am always so indecisive when it comes to picking which material to use, but I guess I’m even MORE indecisive when deciding which material to buy that is why I bought both of these.

Should I go with the first one or the second one?  Maybe one of each…

blue and gold materialCelia Be Square material

I’m kind of partial to the first, and the blue color a little bit makes me think of this version made by The Quirky Peach that was the final push for me as far as wanting to make this dress as soon as possible.

So knitting and a few dresses are what I have on my sewing mind for this Wednesday morning.  If I didn’t have bathrooms to clean, blueberries to pick, and muffins to make, I would probably be spending the day in front of my sewing machine.  But alas, there are more pertinent things I must tend to for now.

Hope everyone is having a great week, and I hope to get a little something made and ready for the blog come Monday.  Until next time…