Turquoise and a Rose

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I have finally semi-completed my Mexican embroidered dress right in time for….. fall.  There’s nothing like wearing bright flowers and turquoise after Labor Day. Ah well, I am pretty happy to finish my first embroidery project. I said “semi-completed” because I may still add some embroidery at the side seam, right under the armholes. But I was bound and determined to make this blog post before Labor Day; thus it is only partly finished. Though parts of the embroidering became rather monotonous, I really enjoyed making the little pink flower, and I love how the big red rose turned out. The pattern for this dress was hands-down the most simple pattern I have ever drafted. This pattern would probably be cute for other dresses, too– maybe in a more airy fabric? Here are the dresses that inspired me to make mine.

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Thinking Ahead…

Well, guys, I’m already dreaming up my Easter dress for this year. At this point, I have two options (though I reserve the right to change my mind and go with something completely different!):

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The first one is an old, faded, blue turquoise color, which I love, but my mom says it’s the same color as last year’s dress. That one was sea green! Come on, big difference there. Right? It’s a simple yet very classy pattern— fitted bodice, skirt with inverted box pleats, elegant buttons in the back. I can’t decide if princess seams or vertical darts would be better for this dress. Either way, I can adapt my polka-dot bodice pattern and use it.

The second dress is a carbon-copy of a darling little thing I saw on a blog recently. It’s a sailor dress! I am thinking to make it black and white, instead of navy and white, to take a little of that fishy smell out. It uses elastic to cinch in at the waist. I love the bow and the trim on the collar and pockets. So all this, to ask– which do you like better?

Turquoise pleated shorts

Before I knew how to post pictures on my blog (wow), I made a post about “Adorable pleated shorts!” And I gave the full run-down on how to make them. Not one of my award-winning posts. Today I present you with a photo of them. Hopefully, it rectifies the former post. Considering the shorts are made from a granny skirt and are turquoise, these are one of my favorite creations yet. They were actually the first pattern I ever drafted!

Look at that beautiful half french seam!