Not all photo shoots go like the spunky Culottes from last post. The photos from this post make my heart ache just a little bit. Moral of the story: never photograph your model when you and they are tired and grumpy.

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We had good reason to be tired. My gorgeous husband threw me a surprise party on the weekend for my imminent 40th. I know, awesome right? I had no idea. I turned up unwashed in my tracksuit pants, expecting a quiet weekend at the farm retreat. Oops! He was meticulous in his planning except for neglecting to pack me a stunning “I’m 40 and fabulous!” outfit. 🙂 Nevermind, we had a great afternoon and evening, but poor Bugs has been battling a cough and slept fitfully in my arms most of the night which meant neither of us were particularly refreshed the next day. But I love photos at the farm, so I persevered with the shoot when I shouldn’t have.

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Right, that’s the last of it before I can’t bear to post about my little girl so sad that she had to frolic down the dirt road in her new dress 🙂 😦

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Hello Ishi! An from Straightgrain is doing a fairly solid Ishi blog tour over at her site if you want to check out some more variations. Recently launched, I was super keen to try out this pattern given it’s wonderful effect of simple sewing lines and combination fabrics. (Woops, one more sad face!)

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This dress is me all over. It gets straight to sewing long simple lines, my favourite thing! With huge pockets for all those trinkets kids love to pick up.

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Or for soft toy stowage when required…

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Does anyone recognise Juniper Kitty? I posted about her here if you want more info.

There are a variety of sleeve options and some slanted pockets too. Another go at my invisible zippers – we’re getting there! An has done the best diagram I’ve seen so far of where to place your zipper when sewing with lining (the yoke in this instance).

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The other reason this dress is great, is that it is perfect for fabric remnants. Whilst, two of my fabrics were not remnants, I have been umm-ing and ahh-ing what to sew them into, and this time I think it fell into place: The little girl fishing: emmy grace by bari j and the sleeves are Sweet and Honey by Bonnie Christine, both Art Gallery fabrics. The other two are from Spotlight;- you may remember the lime geo pattern from Hamster’s Maude jacket last year.

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I think it’s safe to say I’ve been known to holler, ‘this is my favourite dress pattern!’ after every sew, but I love this one too. I hope I have many more up my sleeve!

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And just to prove there was a smile in the end (maybe because it was the end!):

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xx

 

 

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