That I have been off sunning myself on a beach.. or being a Summer-Slacker.. rest assured that I have been oh so very busy... really so busy as to the point of thinking that a little Summer-slacking might be a good thing.. but with so much to do I don't see that in my future anytime soon!
As to what I have been doing:
1) Losing weight - yeh Weight Watchers!... 12 pounds down...and uhhhhh more to go.
2) Quitling, with help that is no help at all!
This guy will NOT get off my quilt as I work on it.. the second he hears the machine he comes running in and plops down in the middle of things.. this has made for some very wonky free motion work on my part!
3. Making dresses!
Such a wonderful dress and a great patern to work with. It's the Ofelia by Pattern's by Figgy's and I can't say enough about how simple it was to make and how wonderful it came out. I did change some things... well really more I added some stuff to meet my vision of how the two fabrics I picked would work together with one change being that i wanted to revel more color at the neck like so I did a wrap around treatment for the edge and elastic casing.. it came out very well.
I envisioned this as a back to school sort of dress so it's done in a light weight jean sort of fabric that is a really nice slate grey color that went SO well with the yellow.
The circle detail is another change I made. The orginal pattern comes with great instructions on doing a really cool band down the front but I kept thinking circles.. so I designed an in-the-hoop reverse applique with some extra stitching detail. The circles really are perfecty round, the fullness of the dress does make them look a bit wonky in this photo. It was a wonderful fast dress to make.. do give it a try!
p.s. since I know somebody will ask... the dress is for an adorable little girl in my extended life.. I sure hope it fits!