Perfect Score

Well hardly. But the third try saved this dress before I was out. Once again, i picked apart the side seams and took it in. This time more the bodice than the waist.

I have learned, over many indie patterns, that I need to err on the side of too small rather than too big. Definitely riskier but it’s what the research tells me.

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Twill

My favorite shorts last summer were too big this summer.  At first I thought I’d just set them aside but every time I came across them I felt a bit sad at the loss.  In the end, it didn’t take long to alter them – a bit of stitch-ripping during a train trip and setting in the waistband a second time reminded me how much I love sewing with cotton twill.

Fire

A little experiment the boys and their cousins did at the grandparent’s.  Making fire with the sun and a magnifying glass.  If you know where to look, you can see the flame.

Fruit Haul

There’s a low-hanging cherry tree in the neighborhood.  Eily’s been visiting it in between service berry picking.  We made muffins with the harvest.


And later that day, this happened:


Ripe raspberries, the biggest service berries, and tons of sour cherries – all from the orchard at the local high school.