Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday tidbits

in which our plucky heroine writes a 6AM haiku...

soft and grey and cool
sweet respite from the day star
temporary june...

Haiku are fun; and this morning, grey and cooler like the "June gloom*" we have not had in several years, was truly a respite. My house is down to 68 now after running the fans for three hours, which will help buffer the afternoon heat.

in the ongoing saga of attempting to figure out where plants will be happy... apparently the Japanese anemone wants more sunlight than it had been getting - moved it to the south side of the front porch, and it has a vigorous new stem and two large clusters of flower buds! Stay tuned for future beautiful blooms... Hmmm maybe planting it in the ground next to the porch for next year would be a good plan?

My two tomato plants, in the planter on the south side of the porch... don't know why they look so different, as they are the same variety, but from two different sources... one is much more robust than the other, the stronger one has three large tomatoes already of good size
Front porch green tomatoes; I may get only a few, but they will be a real treat

Took a break from commission work and made good progress on my black/cream batik rayon popover dress, finished  sewing the 4+ yards of ikat bias edging along the hemline this evening. Though it seems that a dress made simply of rectangles and triangles would be super speedy to sew, it indeed would be if there were not always a myriad of adjustments to make because of using random and adapted materials. Still the challenge keeps things interesting, and sometimes the forced changes generate pleasing new changes...

I am quite liking the strip of plain textured black rayon that was added to the hemline edge, in a sort of lantern line edge band effect to get enough length. Shall remember that option for other garments; in fabric with a good drape, it is a subtle detail. Made an attempt at the "twirl factor" photo, I don't know how other folks manage that image, and my knee made sure to remind me what a bad idea that was, but the volume that the gores add to the skirt is very obvious:


July SMART goals
1 blue tunic for B chook shade tarp recycle bin full
2 grey gown for M - -
3 linen gown for S - -
4 black batik popover - -
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* June gloom here is not quite the same as the coastal sort from further south, but is more like days on end that are lovely and soft and grey in the morning, with the sun burning off the cool and turning the afternoons hot and sunny.


  1. I love your black dress, it suits you beautifully!

  2. I love it too! Seems that the best garments result from not having enough fabric or from making an error and having to find a solution. Kudos!

  3. Thank you for your compliments! My goal is to have summertime clothing that is easy and cool to wear, that I can just put on and forget about, but that also has some whimsey and fun details