Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Market Mix Darling Ranges Dress & Me Made May Update

Market Mix Darling Ranges Dress & Me Made May Update

I am so in love with this shed that I will probably be taking photos in front of it all summer.

I am so in love with this shed that I will probably be taking photos in front of it all summer.

This Darling Ranges dress has shown up in a bunch of Instagram photos already. I made it for my bridal shower and now can't stop wearing it. It is SO comfortable. And the pockets are PERFECT (you know what I mean... perfect depth, perfect placement... just PERFECT).

I have an addiction to this Martha Negley fabric collection. I can't stop making clothes with vegetables on them. I am finishing a radish dress from this same collection today. It's hard to see the details in these pictures, but the dress is covered in all things you would find at a farmers market... zinnia's, radishes, carrots, cherries... !

In terms of construction (for you people who sew), I made an attempt to re-position the bust dart from my previous darling ranges dress. If you buy this pattern as a pdf, the issue is already fixed but I have been seriously struggling with this dart! It's still not really right... like, now the dart is in the right position but is kind of pointy? I think in my next version of this dress, I will re-distribute the dart into a bust dart AND a waist dart. It doesn't change my love for this dress at all, but I would like to fix the issue for my own piece of mind. 

I've been thinking about circle skirts vs. gathered skirts. I love how circle skirts look but we get a lot of wind where I live and I don't find them as wearable as a gathered skirt on a daily basis. (Circle skirts are very prone to Marilyn Monroe wind gust moments). I don't think I noticed this much before I started sewing my clothes because circle skirts aren't as available in ready-to-wear clothing. I guess because they eat up so much fabric? 

These Instagrams are mostly documenting Me-Made-May. I have tried to keep most of the selfie-overload limited to Instagram so people don't block me on ALL forms of social media. Ha. 

Honestly, this month I feel like sewing has been saving my sanity. With the wedding a week and a half away, I have been constantly retreating to my sewing area. I guess because it feels good to have something completed, to be able to control at least one small area of my life when it feels like everything is total chaos? I guess even when you are pretty chill about your wedding day (I feel like I am?), there is just so much to do and so many little things to think about. 

Me-Made-May has been an interesting exercise so far. I have now worn all my handmade items at least once. After the wedding I need to make some shorts or jeans and a LOT more tops. I was wearing handmade items almost every day before this, but it was mostly my three Archer shirts on repeat. So I need more of those. Also, I find anything that gusts in the wind to be worn far less... I just can't walk the dog while fighting with a billowing skirt. It's embarrassing and unpleasant. That might change as the wind dies down in the summer? My maxi dresses are like heaven to wear... I look pulled together (I think?) and can wear any shoes and do almost anything in them. I've been thinking about my beloved (store bought) cardigans and how I wear one almost daily. I can't knit or crochet but maybe it's time to learn? 

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