Way back in May - I talked hubby into tacking a week in New Jersey to the end of our vacation. This was two-fold, we got to spend some time with The Princess and Carolyn had a very un-talked about birthday party. At that party, I got to meet Kelly and she was wearing a maxi-Southport.
It took me awhile to get on this bandwagon. I have loved every version of this dress that I have seen.
In the middle of August, JB was gone fishing for a bachelor party and I spent an evening, trimming, gluing and tracing Southport (right after I made my favorite breakfast for dinner!)
I have come to the conclusion that I just am NOT good at putting PDFs together. I'm always just a smidgen off when I trim them and can never get the pages to line up perfectly.
I pulled 2 pretty floral rayon challis from the cupboards and then sewed up my least favorite of the as a wearable muslin. I was actually ambitiously hoping I could sew up 2 versions of this dress while The Princess and The Sports Writer were here on vacation.
The truth is - I was lucky to get this one hemmed.
Last year - I went on strike because I couldn't get either JB nor The Musical One to help me hem garments that weren't already level and needed more than a simple, evenly turned hem. While JB still won't help me (eventually - I'll just quit cooking for him and pack nothing but PB&J in his lunchbox - that should do the trick!), The Musical One will.
It was The Princess' idea that pictures of this process happen. I have flats on and am standing. She is sitting on the floor with an industrial t-square (generally it's a yard stick) and a pin bowl. She puts pins in every 3" around the hem where the hem should go - she does not pin it up - if that makes sense.
Next time - I'll show better photos of me wearing the dress. And I'll try to be back sooner than 2 weeks! Happy Sewing Everyone.