Of all the garments I’ve sewed over the past decade or so, Beatrix’s linen dress gave me the most trouble, and I’m the least pleased with the results. It’s no fault of the pattern, the linen I used is just really hard to work with, and I don’t sew very frequently anymore so I’m out of practice. I sewed the bodice lining in place twice, and still it isn’t right. Plus, the hem is really uneven. Beatrix declared it good enough, so I decided to follow her advice and stop fussing over it. This dress was entirely made to her specifications, and she loves it. That’s all that really matters. She must have worn it around the clock for two days straight after I finished it, scolding me for being so late with her birthday dress, but clearly very pleased. I’m hoping that as the weather warms up, she’ll let me hem it a little shorter, and maybe make the sleeves 3/4 length. For now, I’m just really pleased that the ordeal is over, and that I was able to keep my promise. I’m also relieved that Beatrix isn’t a perfectionist like me! Otherwise, I’d probably still be ripping out seams.
I’m reading one of my favorite books from childhood (affiliate link), King of the Wind, to my girls right now. Have you read it? When I was about Larkspur’s age, I was obsessed with horses. That’s a twelve year old girl thing, right? We lived in a little apartment, and there was no hope for me to have a horse of my own, but I lived and breathed Marguerite Henry’s books and dreamed nonetheless. Misty of Chincoteague was another favorite. As close as we live to Chincoteague, we’ve never visited. Jonny says this is the year. Maybe?
We took a long break from homeschooling for Advent and Christmas, and this week it’s time to get back to work. The transformation of Jonny’s office into a homeschooling space is mostly completed, and I’m excited and hopeful that having a new school room will make everything go smoothly. Just kidding! I’ve been doing this for so long, that I know better. But, it sure doesn’t hurt to have a fresh space, and I’m super grateful. I think this is my first time in twelve years of homeschooling to have a dedicated room for it.
p.s. I bought the gold leaf Virgin of Guadalupe print from this shop as a birthday gift to myself, and I’m telling you because I love it so much!!! I also bought the St. Francis of Assisi letterpress from the same shop (he’s my confirmation saint) and that one is wonderful too, I just don’t have a frame for it yet. If you love them too, I would suggest subscribing to Erica’s newsletter, because she offers discounts sometimes. I got them for 20% off. (And this is not an ad. Erica has no idea who I am! I just love these prints.)