Last night we had dinner with friends, both old and new. Linda is a wonderful hostess and cook so I was looking forward to dinner but a bit worried about room for it in my new dress! Here are some snapshots we took on the way out the door:
The pattern is Simplicity 2703 and I sewed the dress as indicated except left off the ribbon details on the waist. I am pleased with it as a first try with the pattern, and will likely try it again. The fabric is from JoAnn's and is a thin summer cotton more appropriate for a blouse. The bodice is partially lined-why didn't Simplicity line the whole dress? I will next time as you can see lines below the bodice and above the half slip I am wearing. I used cotton batiste for the lining and will switch that also next time to a slippery lining. The dress is quite fitted through the bust and skims the hips. There is not a lot of wiggle room above the waist.
I've been sewing quite a bit since returning from Design Outside the Lines, and exploring different techniques for fabric painting, stamping and screening. I am also draping a casual knit jacket and am really pleased with it. It is obvious to me that I have made a giant leap in creativity and am soaking up ideas to try. While I wait for my technique and ability to catch up with my creativity, I plan to continue to just plain sew.
Finally, I am grateful for my financial circumstances right now. As you know, I am retired, and part of my package includes health insurance until Medicare kicks in. Not every teacher gets that type of deal, and as tough as I was during negotiations, I still appreciate the benefits. My husband and I would be bankrupt if we didn't have this benefit.
These photos, and some earlier in the blog, show me after days of dental care. My teeth were not cared for when I was a child, and I had them filled etc when I left home. This was a long and arduous task (and expensive). I worked in a taco stand, made minimum wage, and paid $5-10 per visit to a very kind dentist. This work is finally failing, and I am having root canal after root canal. Now, my insurance pays for some of this, but not all. And there is a maximum per year. So, I am trying to schedule the work toward the end and the beginning of each "insurance year". All that aside, I am grateful for this health care I get at a small price. What do uninsured people do? They must suffer horribly. As we enjoy our summer (or winter for my southern hemisphere friends), please share a little with those around you who need it.