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Bread, part one

Bread, part one

I made bread not once but twice on Friday.  Also oven-roasted tomatoes:

8 hours later - delicious!

8 hours later - delicious!

I also sewed Sophie a very quick ensemble for the summer heat (the pants took under an hour and are delightfully light and soft):

linen pants and hand-sewn top

Look at her expression!

You can see more of the linen pants and hand-sewn tank top here.

Mis-matched Max

Mis-matched Max

I am very excited about my fall project: a Max costume from the book – and now film – Where The Wild Things Are.  For anyone who ever had a childhood, you know Max wore a white wolf suit.  I had a bit of barkcloth given me by my mother and I thought it would be the perfect weight and hand for a first version (which I drafted from three separate patterns).  I felt pretty dern successful at this venture when I had people spy my child and say, “That looks like Max!” – even with the loud Big Kahuna print.

You can see more of my Max costume prototype here.

Lest ye think I’m some crazy woman, let me stress that I did not sew the following two dresses on Friday: I made them a couple weeks ago (the red one accompanied Sophie on last Sunday’s 30-mile bike ride). I had loan of a camera so “forced” Sophie to don the frocks so I could take pictures.

I love using zippers from the thrift store! 10 cents, and usually well-made metal ones.

I love using zippers from the thrift store! 10 cents, and usually well-made metal ones.

Sophie (& chicken, se llama Sophie tambien)

Sophie (& chicken, se llama Sophie tambien)

The dress fabrics were also gifted from my mother.  But honestly, I do buy my own fabric most of the time.

For the dresses I used an Ottobre pattern for the bodice, then drafted two circle skirts, put them right-side together, and sewed elastic enclosed at the hem. Dresses are lined which makes them wear well and be very sturdy. Come to think of it, this red dress also accompanied Sophie on her horrific crash earlier this summer.

More bubble dress photos here.

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