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Back on Track (I hope)

So, it's been eleven days since I started coughing. I wouldn't say I'm healthy yet but I seem to be most of the way there. I've only coughed two or three times today. Nothing like the soul-sucking exhaustion and horrible coughing fits where I couldn't catch my breath that gave me sore chest and stomach muscles. Ugh.

And, a couple of weeks later than hoped, I've finally finished the girl's new dresses.

Anna's Miss Mary Dress 

Anna's Miss Mary Dress

Anna's Miss Mary Dress

Anna's Miss Mary Dress

How grown-up does Anna look in that last picture? My goodness. I see my future and it involves a lot of late nights waiting up and worrying while she is in high school. Anyway, back to the dress. The pattern is available here. It is one of my all time favorites. Simple to make but so elegant. No zippers, no buttons and if you use french seams to sew the skirt panels together like I do, then all the seams are nice and neat and enclosed. The fabric is from Denyse Schmidt's line for JoAnns.

Ellery's Miss Mary Dress

Ellery's Miss Mary Dress

Ellery's Miss Mary Dress

I love Ellery's last picture, as well. It is so very Ellery. Silly and full of energy. Yeah, not much luck getting her to hold still.

Now, at least one of you is probably thinking, "Hey, Ellery's dress looks really familiar and not just because it is the same pattern as Anna's." Yes, yes it does. I made her one just like it at the beginning of the summer. She outgrew it rather quickly which made me sad because I loved it. So, I made her another one exactly like it but two sizes bigger. Why not? I had another chunk of the fabric that I was planning on making a quilt backing with. Something else will just have to go on the back of that quilt.

These pictures have me thinking about something else. Why the heck did I just pay 43.50 for school pictures? That last picture of Anna's would be great to have copies printed to send out to relatives. And it would have cost me a whole lot less. I think in future years, I'll just set up my own little photo shoot with each kid instead or paying for the school's. Assuming, of course, that Ellery learns how to stand still.


Adam and Gwen said…
I need to pay you to make dresses for Chloe and Grace! I love the dresses you make the girls!!
balloongal said…
Once again, gorgeous dresses. And oh my goodness, how beautiful your girls are (and a handsome little boy, too).
Sarah Camilla said…
Two very lucky/blessed girls and onevery adoring mama! Gorgeous work in both sewing and photography!

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