I was trying really hard to not show you this until I got the buttons on, but I need to teach myself how to do a buttonhole (pathetic, I know) and with school out, it may be a few more days. The weatherman is forecasting much rain which equals bad photos, so here ya go. This is my final project for the nursery before the lazy days of summer involving the sewing of teeny-tiny doll clothes and other frivolous things.
I'm hoping to slow down this summer, try not to think so much about what needs to be done, and concentrate on enjoyment. Just saying that out loud is big for me. We spent the weekend before last with my family, and I sat there with my Grandmother holding a sleeping Lucie and Elliot being cared for by Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, even Neighbors. Boats were paddled, first fishes caught, there was even some fried chicken involved. I thought to myself...this is what summer is like for some people, sitting by a lake-- chatting, resting for a moment, enjoying good company. This is what my summers were like as a kid.
Sometimes I wonder, with progress, with success, what have we really gained? My family is spread all over, so few chances to spend times like these together. My Grandmother reads my blog on her MacBook (really!) and knows me better from it than from real life. But, if I could just walk down the street and pick some of my Grandfather's flowers...that just may be a little slice of heaven. When I was a kid my Grandparents lived a block away from my Great-Grandparents. In the morning my Great-Grandfather would raise the blind-- that signalled all was well. That's how it should be, someone should be checking that we raise our blinds each day.
So, here's the smock. For those of you who regularly sew clothes-- no biggie-- but I am simply in love with it. My poor daughter just may be getting married in one just like it in say, 25 years, so happy am I to be making clothes for her. In truth, this was made as a wall decoration, with an expiration date. It is a 3T, so that gives me about three years plus or minus to find something else for this spot above her dresser. It is Kona Solid Muslin faced with Yuwa Dots and of course a Liberty Print pocket. I found some little red square buttons with rounded corners to finish it off, when time allows.
Other Smocky Goodness--
Martha's minimalist smock.