Hello! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! Ours was a weekend full of unusual sociability for us, Hugo and I usually spend our weekends doing our own thing, just the two of us, but this weekend just gone, was busy.
Saturday we had friends round for lunch, and we were able to sit outside in the garden to eat. The first time this year!
Sunday we had Auntie Anne, (who looks after the dogs a lot), round to watch the Men's Final at Wimbledon. We drank Pimms and ate chocolate brownies made by Hugo, and got very vocal about the match. We were rooting for Nadal. Poor Nadal. I hate to see such a superb player beaten, but he was outplayed by the better man on the day.
Tabiboo has a top tip for getting sand off little feet and back into shoes, in her blog post here.
We luxuriated in the sun with a cup of coffee and the weekend papers, and watched the world go by. And there was lots of great dog spotting!
I found it in a charity shop. Never worn. It cost £6.
I was so pleased with the dress I got Hugo to take photos of me wearing it on the beach, to show it to you.
I showed it to someone, and she said, "it's very you Vanessa".
I'll admit, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it makes me happy! It's always the little things.
I've had this red gingham fabric hanging around for years, and I could just picture it made up into the pattern I'm using.
I'm making the dress with the long arms, (dress B), but I'm not sewing on any applique like that featured in the pattern's waist area, on my dress, I'm keeping it simple.
The title of this post relates to this dress. I've had to order an 'invisible zip' on-line, and Hugo said to me, "how will you know when it's arrived?"
"What do you mean?"
"The zip, it's invisible, so how will you know when it's arrived in the post?"
I've got a few links for you since doing the post about my 'Lisette Portfolio dress', above. If you want to make one, and you feel like having some guidance with the pattern, there's a sew a-long composed by Gwenny Penny over five tutorials you can follow:
Day 1 here.
Day 2 here.
Day 3 here.
Day 4 here.
Day 5 here.
There's a sew lisette website that you might find useful here.
And there's a great SewLisette group on flickr which you can find here. The flickr group is a great place to look at other people's versions of all the Lisette patterns from Simplicity, and get inspiration.
Isn't that great that the Lisette patterns have such a wide range of support and coverage? There's something really nice about making the same dress along with lots of other people all over the world, each with their own version.
And lastly, just before I go, here's a little note to myself of another pattern I quite like, this dress from Burdastyle here. You can see other people's versions of it on the BurdaStyle website here.
I don't think I've forgotten anything....................... oh yes! My knitted dress! I've finished the back, and am now on the front skirt section, but I forgot to take photos of it today, I'll try and remember for my Friday post.
Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx
P.s. If there's one link you go to today it has to be this link to Jane Brocket's post here, honestly, it's a thing of beauty and amazement!