What can I say? It has been a busy week. The weather finally calmed down a little and we're seeing temps in the 70sF. Perfect!
A little sewing? The Diane Kimono dress is finished. Here's it is:
The dress is mostly finished. According to the instructions it is finished but I may be doing some extra work on the neckline. It is pulling open more than I would like. I'm either going to add a snap at the "V" or going to stitch it completely closed. What do you think?
My thoughts on this dress is that I like it. It is really a nice casual look. I used a quilting weight broadcloth on this dress and I will think that it would do better in a much lighter weight fabric but when you add the lining which you will need, it might not make a difference. I chose the fuller skirt option and the smallest hem option which ended up being about 2" wide when finished. I also chose to make it one color instead of multiples. That is simply because I didn't have a coordinating fabric for this floral which I love. DH said that he liked the dress but it made me look rounder than I am. I wanted to say that I am round. I think that the drawstring being under the bust is what he is talking about.
1. I made a sloped shoulder alteration.
Things I will do differently, if I made this dress again:
1. Go down a size and figure out how to do a full bust adjustment.
A little knitting? I started the swatch for my next sweater. I'm taking a Craftsy class on top-down knitting. I finished my first swatch and it was so cute. Then, I watch the segment of the class where she discusses making your swatch. Oops! She was asking for it to be done in the round and I had done a flat swatch. So, I ripped it out and started again with my double-pointed needles in the round. I'm still working on that.
A little gardening? The flowers continue to look beautiful. Not all of them bloomed but the ones that did are really nice. Here's a couple of bouquets:
The vegetable garden has been producing a lot of lettuce and spinach. The asparagus is all finished. We just pulled out the spinach bed to start something else. I have been making Chive Vinegar. I love to see the beautiful color of this:
The one on the right has aged about a week. The other two were just put in the jars. Isn't the color pretty?
We found this little fellow in the flower garden:
Cute as it may be, it is not a welcome addition to the garden. Obviously, not very old. It didn't move or twitch when we walked up to it. Here's a picture a couple of hours later:
It walked within a couple of feet of my husband. Really checking him out. I'm hoping that it doesn't get to use to us. I run them off when they get a little older but I have a little pity for the babies when they can barely walk.