I made a few purchases while in Holland that I thought you might like to see. First of all this painting, because it is beautiful.
We bought it from the artist herself, who had her wares spread out on the sidewalk. I love buying art this way.
There was also a fabric market in Amsterdam on Monday mornings. (I might have squealed when I first read about this.) I dragged David along with me. I picked up what I thought was four expensive fat quarters, but it turns out that they're each a half meter of fabric.
Two have traditional Holland motifs, and two I just like.
I also bought enough knit fabric to make a dress. There was a vendor selling a lot of printed knits, and David picked out this particular pattern. I can't show the fabric to you though, because I already made a dress out of it!
Pattern: Simplicity 3775, View D
Time to Sew: Today!
Modifications: I made my sleeves in the same manner that Amanda suggested when she made this dress. I didn't bother with a bottom hem. I also had to re-draft the front bodice piece because it seems that I have lost it. I must have been pretty close because I didn't have any problems at all putting this dress together.
I didn't start out the day expecting to finish a dress, but that's how the day went. It's a nice way to end my summer vacation. Teacher work week starts tomorrow.
I really love this dress. The fabric feels so nice (I wish I had bought more), and the print is fun and casual. The dress is comfortable, and it has just the casual feeling I was hoping for when I started.
I'm expecting to be working a lot this week as I get my classroom ready for the new school year, so I might not be back on the blog for the next couple of days. I'll check in when I can.