We had some rainy weather and so I got to spend some time inside getting things done. It was a welcome break after all the digging in the garden.
My grandmother gave me 4 yards of fabric the other day while we were visiting her. She had bought it for my cousin, who just had to have it at the time and was convinced that Grandma could just sew her a dress without any pattern, and then hadn't done anything with it. My grandmother is not known to be a packrat to any extent. In fact, she is regularly throwing things away. She is compulsively neat and tidy and abhors clutter. And as she ages, it's gotten even worse. She now is determined that there be as little as possible for her sons to have to go through after she dies, so she is getting rid of everything. The fact that this material didn't get tossed years ago is a miracle. I'm just lucky I happened to be there when it crossed her mind to get rid of it or it would've been sitting in the dump.
With 4 yards, Meagan and I decided that we could manage to get a dress for her and a skirt for me. In fact, as I cut it, I realized that I will need a bit of coordinating fabric for the bodice of her dress, as it wasn't quite enough. But still, a great deal! So given that I need some extras for Meagan, I made my skirt first.
I used the Simplicity pattern #4189 (view F) that I snagged for a dollar at a JoAnn's sale last year. It is a very simple skirt with only 4 pieces of fabric and an elastic waistband.
I decided to model it with my new T-shirt I picked up at the farm store. I just couldn't resist it. It says "We dig chicks". And the green matches the skirt. I think it'll be a cute outfit for working out in the garden and such this summer.
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