Monday, August 10, 2020

Skulottes, Coverups, and Links

The start of a new week! I just got off the phone with a friend who called to ask if I saw what happened in downtown Chicago last night. I did. It looked like something out of a Mad Max movie. We talked about it, and then I told her to turn her television off. Not that we shouldn't be informed, but we don't need to hear the same story repeated time and time again. 

It seems that the world is a mess at the moment. In some respects, it is. But, there are also wonderful people doing incredible acts of charity. On Saturday evening, I had to go to the grocery store. As I was coming home, I encountered a type of street party. People were spaced apart, wearing masks, and on the front porch of a house, there was a band playing. What really caught my eye as I drove past was a tip jar. So many musicians are hurting. They NEED to play, they NEED to work. Seeing someone open up their front yard for a lovely summer evening concert, and offer a bit of normalcy for some who are hurting, absolutely heartwarming. Of course, this is but one small story. But, this is what I want to focus on, not crazy gang of looters, and thieves. For a time, they may be winning. But ultimately, they won't. History has taught us this time, and time again.

I have to apologize as I have been very slow about getting my 1 Year Challenge pictures up on the blog. I'm happy to report that I'm doing well. I haven't missed a day :) And the best part is that I am truly discovering what I actually have in my wardrobe. I know that may sound strange, after all, I made all of it, I know it's there. But, being so focused has brought about a clarity that absolutely delights me. 

Yesterday we finally had time to enjoy being on our boat. It was horribly hot out, so the boat was truly wonderful. What's better to wear on a boat than a bathing suit and a coverup?!!

I originally posted this coverup 9 years ago. Wow!!!          

Here is the coverup I made to go with my suit. The piece is so very easy to make. There are only 2 seams, and better yet, it's just a rectangle. You can find a link to the instructions HERE.  

I did do a video, but I am having a difficult time getting it to my computer. But, if you pop over to my Instagram account, you can see it. 

You may remember that I made this suit for a Sew News sew along. It's the Soma Swimsuit from Papercut Patterns

The big hit of the week was this piece that I did for my Fabulous Free Pattern Friday series. I called it a skulotte as it's a bit of a cross between a skirt and a culotte. You can find a link to the super simple instructions HERE. I also did a video that you can see on my Instagram page

I had this on when I went to the grocery store on Saturday afternoon, and the lady who checked me out commented 3 times on how lovely I looked. Made my day!!!

My wish for whoever drops by today is that you will be able to find joy in your day. Take a few minutes and look around at all that is good. And maybe...turn off whatever you use to obtain news. Just for today, give yourself a little break. 

Happy Sewing!!!

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  1. Is it just me? The link to the coverup instructions doesn't seem to be working!

    1. It wasn't you!!! It was me. I fixed it, so it should be fine now :)

  2. Hi, I absolutely love your swimsuit coverup and think it would look great on my daughter. I tried clicking on the word 'here' for instructions, but it took me to one of your websites page that said the page does not exist. Can you guide me please? Thank you.
    Kathleen - kakingsbury at verizon dot net

    1. Hi Kathleen, I'm not sure what happened, but I fixed the link. Blogger changed everything, and I am having to learn the new protocol.

  3. I can see why the woman in the grocery store commented on how lovely you looked. You do! Those cool drapey blues and greens, the skulotte, top and sash all flowy and watery looking--you look like the essence of summer. A water nymph maybe.

    1. Wow, what a lovely compliment. I do love the water :)

  4. I think it is the sash. I am no where near as svelte as you and even the idea of culottes with my lower half gives me serious pause
    But with a sash...and maybe a version of that wonderful coverup..
    attainable chic even for me
    Thank you so much for the inspiration peeks into your wardrobe

    (What fabric hand do you recommend for a skulotte?)

    1. The coverup can be made shorter, more of a jacket length.
      The fabric that I used for mine is a linen/poly blend. so it has a nice drape. Anything that has just a bit of body, but drapes well will work.