Hi friends! Hopefully you saw my little housekeeping update (click here if you missed it.) I’m really looking forward to being back in this space as my creative outlet and I thank you for sticking with me and helping make the world a bit brighter all at the same time. I really have the best readers in the world.
It is so funny to me that sewing is something I write about now, among other things. When I first started fiddling around with it, I never thought I would make garments that were 1) wearable, 2) attractive, 3) preferable to ready to wear items, let alone all of the above. Yet, that’s where I find myself these days. I have fully fallen in love with this craft and it occupies a large portion of my daily thoughts. What I have been struggling with a bit is how best to write about it. Thus far, I have generally shared finished garments with some light notes about the process and final product. What I have come to realize is that this doesn’t excite me nearly as much as sharing the actual process. How I go from idea to outfit, the inspiration and research and discussion that happens along the way. I am way less excited to take pictures of a finished piece because you don’t know all the thought that went into it that makes it extra special to me. All this to say, the way I share about sewing going forward will shift a bit. Some readers have asked me to write about how I plan my projects and I realized the best way to do this will be simply to show you in an ongoing stream rather than try to pack it all into a single post. I think this will also be helpful for those of you who are curious about garment sewing because seeing and understanding the process might make it feel more accessible. Let’s find out!
Today I am sharing a set of matching dresses I made for our recent beach vacation. I made matching dresses for Caroline and my niece Luisa last year and knew right then that it would become a tradition. This year Josie’s family came along with us so I made one for her daughter as well.
I could not be more pleased with how these turned out. The girls love them and I hope they always remind them of the wonderful trip we had. Read on below for a gallery from our photo shoot on the beach, and lots of notes on my planning process.