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