This Saturday is the Newman reunion we host every year. And, well, I'm not ready. At all.
I am making progress on the outfits I wanted to sew for all the girls. When I get them done, maybe I can start thinking about the food. And, with five children, who would clean the house ahead of time ANYWAY?!? That most definitely needs to happen at the very.last.minute.
I finished Colette's romper which I love almost more than Ineke's. I just love the pretty lace on it.
Here is a sneak peek of the finished romper with Ineke modeling it.
I do hope to get a picture of Colette wearing it but you know how busy hosting can be...I almost never bring out the camera when there are people to see me.
I used the same pattern for this romper as I did for Ineke's (Simplicity Vintage Baby 1600) but heavily modified it for the look I wanted. The "look" was decided upon when I saw this a.dor.able romper on Pinterest. Seriously?!?!? Aren't they the cutest? Every single version I've seen! So I copied it as best I could.
I was going to make a dress for Adele' since she is my dress girl. I was thinking one like this. (Again, it would have been fudged.) But the girl has her heart set on those trendy rompers that are cool these days.
We had a conversation about it which went something like this...
Adele' with an air of wistfulness as she sighs: " Oh Mama...I do wish I could wear one of those rompers that girls my age wear too. I'd like that dress, but oh...I wish I could wear one of those...I've always wanted one of them."
Me: "Yes, I know you love girl rompers- but so many of them are super short...I don't know if I want you wearing something super short like that. Little girls are a different story but you are getting to be a big girl now..."
Adele', with more than a hint of desperation: "Well, that's just it! You can sew the shorts so they won't be so short. And anyway... I am going to be NINE this year. I don't have very much 'little girl' time left and then I'll be too big and I'll NEVER be able to wear a romper in my whole LIFE!"
Me (thinking): "Now that is just unfair. And boy, is she goooooood."
So a romper it is. (Because she has so little time left!)
I will be using the free romper pattern from Purl Soho, modified to have a look more like this and this. Hopefully, all will go well. I still love the dress.
Corynn (because she's all cool and grown up now) wants a shirt like this and a hairband for herself and one for her cousin.
And then that fabric will be all used up except a few scraps that I probably won't want to see for a couple years. ;-)
That was on the agenda today but I didn't get completely done. Hopefully, I'll be done all of the sewing tomorrow so I can pack away the sewing stuff and get cooking and cleaning. (Lots of food to make, but I am mostly thinking about the desserts: cream puffs as well as blueberry and lemon meringue pies.)
And there may also be some painting. Matt wants to paint the railings of the porch. Twice over. By SATURDAY. In between raindrops (which are coming down every few hours or so).
And have you seen the size of our porch?!?
That's a lot of spindles, my friends. A WHOLE LOTTA spindles.
It will be nothing short of a miracle if they are painted by Saturday.
And I am pretty sure I have never dreaded anything more.
Oh yes- I am still on my Great Depression kick as far as reading goes. That (in the picture above) and A Square Meal are keeping me pretty busy right now during the few minutes I have to read before I conk out each night. ;-)