Monday, July 4, 2016

Beating the heat...


Summertime...and we're well into the rainy season. The humidity was 94% when I took these pics. That's really muggy, almost raining, and it does rain off and on every day. We get little storms that come and go in 30 minutes, like this one that came in off the ocean. It's great for the garden, and I don't mind getting caught in a shower - I'm pretty drip-dry.


So - summer sewing. And this year it's sleeveless for the first time in over 2 years. This is very exciting for me - it means the inflammation in my arms is diminishing. Any chronic disorder takes an emotional toll, as many of you know, and small victories really matter. For me this is huge!

Good reason to pull out this cotton shirting that I've been hoarding for several months. It's one of my very favorite tropical prints, and I wanted to use it for something I can really enjoy.

Fabric - Hibiscus Lily Tropical Shirting, JoAnns

The pattern is a mash-up that I've been using for a while: a cropped bodice with bust darts, a raised waistband, and a gathered skirt. My pattern is drafted for use with sleeves, but reshaping them was easy once I had the bodice sewn together. I use a very scientific method of standing in front of the mirror with tailor's chalk and marking some trim lines. Several times, because it's better to take off too little than too much!

Looking back, I think I could have used the Tiny Pocket Tee from Grainline Studio as a starting point - it's a basic tank style with bust darts.

The fun part is big ole patch pockets, centered across the side seams. I love them! they're right there - a natural place for my hands to go. No dangling inside pocket. And I don't think they look at all frumpy on this print.



I have these little drugstore sun hats in just about every color :-) They're perfect for short hair.


And I did get chased inside by the rain.


Parting thought...


I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe week - Coco

41 comments:

  1. Perfect for the heat and humidity!

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  2. beautiful colors in that fabric and a very cute maxi dress

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  3. Congrats on the bare arms! We'll be seeing you in that new Closet Case File bikini next, right? :)

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  4. Glad you are able to enjoy sleeveless this summer! Pretty dress for sure!

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  5. The sleeveless looks great! and I love these colors on you as well. They must make you feel a degree or two cooler down there in FLA. Wonderful results!

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    1. thanks, Bunny. You're right - perception is reality and it feels cool!

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  6. This is gorgeous! Perfect dress in a perfect print for the humid weather!

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  7. Gorgeous fabric! Perfect dress for summer heat. (Love the pockets!)

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    1. Thanks, Irene. I really like the pockets as well - so easy to find!

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  8. And don't you look cool and beautiful!

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    1. thanks, Theresa. I try :-) and this dress does make me feel pretty.

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  9. Good for you and little victories like sleeveless - this will be my first summer wearing sleeveless too. I'm still a bit self-conscious about it but then actually realise that no-one is looking at me and so what if they do?
    It looks like you need a raincoat not a cardigan over that summery dress.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. You've been such an inspiration for me. Good for us!

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  10. I love your dress and you look great!

    I like the inclusion of the weather map, too.

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    1. Thank you! I was so curious about the weather, these little rain showers move in and out so quickly. Fun to watch on Weather Underground.

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  11. You look great in your pretty dress! Congrats on the bare arms!

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  12. So pretty & summery. I absolutely love those hats in all those colors!

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    1. Thanks, Bev. I bet you'd really like these hats, short hair just behaves in them :-)

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  13. Truly happy for you in your wonderful, sleeveless dress.

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    1. Margene, thank you so very much.

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  14. Your dress is beautiful, love the colour on you and, the matching hat. A truly beautiful outfit for the Florida summer.

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  15. Very beautiful! And congratulations on your health milestone! I know that makes wearing this dress very special.

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    1. Thank you, Ann - it does feel special.

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  16. A wonderful dress and so right for a hot climate. I really love the pockets and have to use that idea. Congrats on your improvement health wise. Sleeveless is so necessary in hot weather so I feel your joy!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I'm crazy for these pockets, my version of a Dottie dress :-) And going sleeveless just feels wonderful.

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  17. Coco, you look stunning. This dress is bee-eautiful!!

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  18. Your dress looks so cool and flowing. Love the print!

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. BTW, I'm enjoying your photo blog so much. I keep trying to comment, but the server doesn't like me for some reason. Wonderful pics and I love wandering around your city with you.

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  19. Fantastic dress! That's the kind of thing I like to wear in hot, humid weather.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I agree - it's light, it doesn't cling to my legs like pants do, and because it's long, I don't get stuck to a chair - that's the one thing I dislike about shorts and short dresses :-)

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  20. I adore this print & it's colors on you. And the little turtle spoke to me today. ;)

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco