The Gulf of Mexico is a stretch

Even in the rain the Gulf is beautiful, so after that trip last weekend we made an offer on a beachfront condo — and after much back and forth they accepted it! So it looks like we’re moving! Holy smoke! We’d thought it would take several trips to find something – it usually does for us – but it happened right away.

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Cinco de Mayo Dress. I wore it on the only sunny day we had (the 4th, actually). The fabric is a woven cotton – Flores de Coyoacan, by Alexander Henry. The pattern is New Look 6723, sort of. I modified it with a V-neck and wider shoulder for a mini cap sleeve (no sunburn, please).

As you can imagine I’ve been running around like a crazy person cleaning and getting our house ready for sale. BUT I managed to finish another quickie knit maxi. Boy am I loving that this style has come back in.

I would definitely recommend this pattern. Vogue 8724. Even for someone not very confident with knits, it was a quick sew. Obviously I lengthened it, adding a side slit. I rolled the hems on the armholes and back neck, stitching by hand. But since the fabric — an amazing German made silk jersey I scored at my go-to fabric fix Textile Fabrics in Nashville — is a bit clingy, I doubled up the bodice with a self lining. That worked well, leaving a nicely finished neckline.

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Painterly Dress, accessorized with… nothing at all! But when I went out later I wore red flatform sandals by Prada and a chunky necklace by Rada.

The neckline is pretty, but I’m short! So it was too low cut for me. I thought I’d made enough of an adjustment when I cut it out but it turns out I didn’t. After wearing it with a brooch and safety pin to hold the wrap front wrapped and not gapping, I decided that was just pitiful for a custom made dress!

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Wrap bodice, stitched down and embellished.

Enter the ubiquitous covered buttons! I found some lavender jersey in my stash and covered some 1/2 inch buttons (with this splashy fabric I could have used almost any color). But first I stitched the overlap securely with lavender thread – again how to choose which color? Now I can wear this dress without constantly adjusting it or worrying that I’m going to have a malfunction.

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This kind of neckline begs a big necklace, even if you don’t have a fit problem. I found this Rada at Anthropologie. It actually goes with an awful lot of my wardrobe and may fill in other iffy necklines.

I’ll leave with you with another shot of our soon to be home. Somebody pinch me!

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I’ve always felt that this is where Heaven and earth meet. What a blessing to walk there and feel peace.

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