I hope you’re having a peaceful week so far. As for me, last week ended with a crash when my washing machine stopped working. I immediately became upset, not knowing what to do, because I’m so accustomed to my husband fixing everything. He was an amazing handyman and we hardly ever had to call for repairs. Only after he tried to fix something and couldn’t would he call for help. I loved that about him. I put out a distress call on Facebook, friends came to the rescue right away, and the machine was fixed the same day. God is amazing in His provisions.
On Sunday, I went shopping at JoAnn’s and had a blast buying lots of fabric during the 70% Off Doorbusters sale. I arrived home to a leaking water heater. I couldn’t believe it was happening. The same family came to the rescue again, and I have a new water heater with a five-year warranty. Peace of mind is priceless. I’m so very grateful. I’m learning to live in my new normal.
New Look 6512 – Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Well, I’m baring shoulders again this week. Is this dress adorable or what? This New Look 6512 – Off-the-Shoulder Dress caught my attention because of the button front and elastic casings at the shoulders. The pockets are a fun detail too. I just knew it would look fabulous in this linen blend that I picked up from JoAnn’s Fabric Store a while ago. I didn’t realize it when I purchased the pattern, but the buttons are not functional. GASP!!! Yep, it’s a faux button front. It’s fake! SCANDAL, I say!!! Hahaha! If you like the look of button front garments but aren’t comfortable with sewing buttonholes yet, you can accomplish this look without sewing a single buttonhole. WooHoo! However, once you get the hang of sewing buttonholes, you’ll love making button front garments, so don’t avoid them forever. If you missed last week’s post HERE, I talked about a tool that I used for the first time to help make buttonhole and button placement much easier. I used the Simflex Expanding Sewing Gauge again to arrange the placement of my buttons on the placket of this dress. I love learning about tools that make my sewing easier, quicker, and more enjoyable.
I plan to wear this dress very casual, with flat sandals or sneakers. I think it would also look great with a pair of wedges. The model on the front of the pattern envelope has it styled with a pair of ballerina-like slippers just like THESE from Forever 21. They look so awesome with this dress. I chose to style mine with these lace-up high heels because the color is right on.
The pattern instructions call for attaching the bow to the back band of the dress with snaps. I wasn’t sure if I would like the bow. Therefore, I attached it with pins temporarily to see if it would work for me. After viewing photos and seeing the back with the bow, I love it. I will now attach the bow to the dress with snaps.
We’re still experiencing very hot weather in my town, so I can wear this out to lunch, the movies, or run errands (with flat shoes, of course). I’m having lots of fun sewing now. My studio makes me happy again. We never got around to decorating it because after my husband retired, we started traveling, then he was ill. I’m planning to get started with the decorating pretty soon. That should be exciting.
Well, I’m still working on my photography. I’m learning that you must change the camera settings with each photo shoot. I just assumed if I captured good photos in one session and used the same settings for the next shoot in the same location, I would achieve the same results. That’s not the case. I got totally different results. It’s okay. I’m patient and will continue to practice.
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
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