It did not disappoint. It came together easily and was a joy to sew.
Except for the buttonholes. Or perhaps more accurately, the buttonhole. The first two went in beautifully. But on the third, my buttonhole foot got hung up on the thickness of the seam allowance (where the bodice and skirt join). I nearly lost my mind trying to make that third buttonhole work. I won't bore you with the details. Just believe me when I acknowledge that it wasn't pretty. What can I say? My machine is buttonhole persnickety.
If I were to sew this dress again in this size, I might sew the third buttonhole high enough above the bodice/skirt seam that my buttonhole foot would not get stuck on that bulkier edge. On Indigo's geranium dress, the buttonholes were a non-issue because the bottom one was spaced high enough above that seam. Does anyone have tips on troubleshooting this? I feel it's the unevenness (one side being flat while the other has the thicker seam) that my machine really struggles with... maybe? I'm just not sure.
The main fabric I used for this dress is Michael Miller Retro Rose Sunny. Vintage floral isn't really my style but something about this print reminded me of my paternal grandmother's kitchen and I simply couldn't resist it. (Maybe that's what subconsciously drew me to this as well.)
I paired it with these dots. When I was about halfway through, I wondered if it might be too saccharine for my taste, but Dan (my sewing consultant!) :) encouraged me to stick with it. He assured me that variety is good. By the end, yes, I thought so, too.
I added rickrack trim based on this tutorial, which is a handy tutorial for adding trim to non-geranium dresses as well.
We are making ink this week in homeschool and needed goose feathers to use as our quills. So, we took a family trip to a local park this weekend to collect feathers and feed the ducks.
Iris did at least as much eating as feeding.
I had hoped to get a photo of the kids together. But getting eight eyes to look at me at once proved difficult. I might even say impossible.
I know when not to push my luck. So we headed to the playground instead and I (mostly) tucked my camera away for the rest of the evening. And a beautiful evening, it was.