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What I read on my summer vacation

What I do when I'm supposed to be packing

I know that I have been neglecting the blog when Fatty asks, "What? You don't post anymore?"

Yep. Sorry. I didn't mean to be away for so long.

I blame summer, people. It's busier than I'd like, but still oh so good. Our day to day changes, well, daily. And since I was last here, we've been to the beach and have come home. It was a great week with my family - lots of sun, sand, surf and way too much food and drink. And now, back at home, I'm getting the girls ready for a week at camp and myself ready for grown-up camp (a.k.a. a Denyse Schmidt workshop in Portland, OR). Exciting for all, right?

White painted portrait
Before we left for South Carolina, I did sew up another version of Anna Maria's Painted Portrait Dress. This was my third go at this pattern and each time I sew it, it comes together quicker than the time before. I love making it and I love wearing it. I also love that it can be made in so many different combinations - sleeves, no sleeves, top, dress, with patchwork, without. I can safely say that there will be more than three versions of this pattern hanging in my closet. I'm just about ready to start another one for fall.

Painted portrait lining
But before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you about this one. I was inspired to make it when out shopping for something white to wear for a family photo on the beach. I found many options at different stores, but loved nothing. It dawned on me that instead of spending more time shopping, I should just start sewing. I bought the fabric locally - it didn't have any identifying marks on the selvedge so I can say who makes it. Because it is white, I knew that it would require a full lining. The pattern only has instructions on facing the yoke, but having sewn this pattern before, I was confident that I could figure out how to line the entire thing. There was some serious contemplating about the arm hole, but once I wrapped my brain around what I needed to do, it all came together very easily. Again, like the blouse version I made earlier this year, I took in the back seams so it would fit me better. Each time I have done this after sewing everything together. I think I'll try altering the actual pattern pieces before I sew the next one.

Button loop

And because I didn't have any white cotton perle on hand, I couldn't resist adding a little surprise for the button loop. It makes me smile every time I see it.

White painted portrait 2
Also, it should come as no surprise that instead of getting everyone ready for their respective adventures, I cut out another blouse last night. This time, it's a Tova and it's green. See you on the other side.



Fab dress and you look great in it. I'm sure you're smiling in that last picture! :-)


Fun loop. I can see why it makes you smile. I think it's cute that Fatty is a reader of your blog. My husband reads mine too and every now and then I forget until he too gives me a compliment or a gentle posting reminder.


I really, really love this, erin!

Rachel at Stitched in Color

It's beautiful! How cool that you can make instead of the endless, frustrating shopping. Way to go!


That is really my perfect dress.

(I'm so happy you're coming! It's almost overshadowed my desire to have everything perfect for Friday. It won't be. At all.)


Haha, if you go to her talk at Modern Domestic, you'll have been there before I have! Sad, really! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on whether Portland lives up to its stereotypes. ;)

And if you want to meet up at Bolt on Saturday, LET ME KNOW!!

Erin | house on hill road

Perfect is way over-rated in my book. Can't wait to see you!

Erin | house on hill road

I think I'm skipping the talk, just doing the class. I'll check what the schedule is and let you know if I can make it to Bolt. That'd be fun!


THIS made me smile...from your gentle reminder to your sweet success.


Soooo cute! I love it!


wow. that looks great on you. absolutely stunning--wish i could sew that well. i would never have tried that bc of the yoke thing, thinking it would only look good on a waif (not that you are not a waif--you know what I mean) and not a C or D. You've got me interested now in trying that out for a tunic length or something to hide my "areas" and to wear with leggings in the winter. do you think it would only look good in thin voile type fabrics or could it be done in something a bit heavier? I can't get over how fabulous you have sewn that! kudos!!
have fun in pdx! lucky!! in my dreams i'll be at that workshop!!

Erin | house on hill road

It's a great dress to make in voile! The first version I made (which I still haven't posted, but will eventually) is made from voile and it's heavenly. That said, unless you are wearing leggings or tights, you might want to wear a slip or line the voile as it can be see-through.


It looks gorgeous on you! Can't wait till tomorrow!!!! xo


You look amazing in your dress! What a beautiful fit.


Oh, Erin, it's just lovely. And summer's entirely right, not to blame at all. Have a wonderful stay in Portland -- we'll be in Seattle the next two weeks, so looking forward to a break from the heat!!



Great dress. You are tempting me to sew!

Chara Michele

Such a pretty dress! I love the little surprise of green :)

From A Heart Of Love

This is a very sweet dress.

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