Well, faithful reader, how have you been? Life here in the land of the Southern Matriarch has been overwhelmingly busy. In the past three weeks, we have
- Remodeled a bathroom
- Had three rooms, an entry, a stairwell and landing painted
- Refinished the entry way floor
- Re-carpeted three rooms
- Moved out one child
- Finished two dresses
- Reloaded three rooms
- Cleaned house
- Welcomed home two out of town children and a married in
- Had family portraits done
- Prepared for and held the birthday party of the decade which involved yards and yards of tulle; dozens of tissue paper pom poms; dozens of balloons; pinwheels; baked, decorated and bagged 80 cookies
- etc. etc. etc.
I finished the dress that Jeannie B taught at her retreat. Truth be told, there wasn't much to finish this dress. I had the construction of the dress 90% done before I left Louisiana. I just had to do the embroidery and buttonholes. As well as threading the floss through the edging at the hem. It really is a quick design and a treat to zip up.
I love this little dress. It is made from a dress weight Swiss batiste. The bodice is tucked with a center of Swiss insertion and lace.The beading at the waist seam is the main technique learned at the retreat.
The hem is also tucked and edged with Swiss edging. Simple embroidery embellishes the skirt above the hem. I used stem stitch for the blue and the flowers are bullion roses. Simpler than what was originally planned or even designed by Jeannie, but finished. There is something to be said for finished.
It buttons down the back with MOP buttons.
It is a darling dress, would be perfect for beach portraits. Perfect for a sweet barefooted baby on a hot summer day.
The birthday dress is also finished but I don't have pictures of just the dress taken yet. I hope to do that tomorrow.
As a parting shot, Princess right before her party.
How quickly a year has gone by!