I made this little outfit back in early June and never blogged it. G recently turned eight and shot up in height, but has yet to be filled in. I sewed a size seven, but should have made a six instead, as the whole outfit is a little too big. I used some vintage barkcloth for the top and a scrap of red linen I had left over from a dress I made L a few years ago. The Class Picnic blouse and shorts are both great patterns and the instructions will walk any beginner through the process. For the more advanced seamstress, it’s an easy and relaxing sew. So yes, I would recommend the pattern to both beginner and sewing veteran.
I love the little bands that wrap around the front of the shorts and the faux fly. Such cute little details that take a basic pair of shorts to the next level!
I haven’t blogged or sewn much all summer. Life got pretty messy since June. Things had been going smoothly for a long time, so it was inevitable that our family would have a dark season. Things can’t be great all the time. I won’t get into too much detail but all I can say was I was blindsided by the trouble one of my kids had gotten into, and it sent the whole family into a downward spiral of anxiety and self blame and doubt that I’m only just starting to see out of. Then my older daughter got bacterial pneumonia and someone totaled our car in the same two weeks. And then we got sick too, but it wasn’t pneumonia. Izzy took a while to heal, but made it to her Paris summer program.
So of course, I lost all my sewing mojo. That was the first thing to go. Then I decided that what I needed to do was take the girls on a long road trip to Montana to see my son and his girlfriend who are working there as horse guides and invited us up.We went fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, and camped outside of their 80’s RV… And of course we rode horses. The girls loved it. We even crossed the Gallatin river on the horses. We definitely had some ups and downs on the trip. It was a super long drive from Southern California, and I brought my mom along. My husband and I needed a little time away from each other and I usually take a girls only trip every summer.
At one point we pulled into a campground in Utah, and it was 117 degrees outside! The drive was long and sometimes boring and sometime breathtaking….we stayed in an old casino hotel in Winnemucca, Nevada. Have you ever been to or even heard of Winnemucca, Vegas’ forlorn little sister briefly mentioned in Johnny Cash’s song,’ I’ve been everywhere’? I hadn’t, either. Imagine Reno forty years ago and you have Winnemucca…
There’s Oliver getting one of the horses ready. He looks like an old pro here, but he actually had no horse riding experience before he took this job. He and his girlfriend searched the Montana Craigslist ads from Berkeley, and found an ad for horse guides in Big Sky, Montana. The owner of the ranch was willing to train them how to lead rides and work with horses. But he also wanted to them to know that he was a Trump supporter and he “knew where they were coming from, being from Berkeley and all” and he wanted to be upfront about things before they came out….
Oliver always reminded me of my uncle and grandfather on my mom’s side. My grandfather was a great outdoorsman. He was Cree and Blackfoot Native American and was actually born not too far from Big Sky. Oliver even looks a lot like him. It’s kind of serendipitous he’d end up in the same area as Grandpa, who died of cancer at age fifty, way before he was even born.
So yesterday I finished an outfit for myself, the first in months, but I have no camera to take photos of it, since I left mine up in Montana. Bummer! One of these days it will get popped into the mail and sent back to me if my boy gets it to the post office before it closes at five. These photos on this post are all from my iphone. I’m not thrilled with the quality of them, but I really felt like blogging, so they will have to do until I get my camera back!