This week the kiddos have been off at Camp Grandma’s. It’s a tradition my mother in law started five years ago; Sweet Pea and Bubba are invited every summer to spend a week at Grandma’s, no parents allowed. The first few days this week, I was kind of floundering while Josh was at work, lost without a schedule and a super quiet house. Then I decided to make myself a to do list, and man I have accomplished a lot.
The sewing machine and I have spent many hours together this week, daylight hours, which is unheard of here! One thing on my to do list was to test out April Rhodes’ newest pattern, The Date Night Dress. The pattern is still in the making, and is due to release this month. Oh, what a great pattern this is. April’s directions are incredibly thorough, kind of like she is standing by your side guiding you through each step. She explains how to make a box pleat, french seams, hem a curved edge, and every step has a picture to accompany the written instructions. And the dress, isn’t it cute! It has a slight high low hemline and very feminine fluttering sleeves. The dress has a low opening on the side, so a slip is required, and April has given instructions and a pattern to make that as well. I have already made two slips, and I love them just as much as the dress. I think it’s very appropriate that I’ve had a chance to sew up this Date Night Dress, when Josh and I have had many dates this week while the kids are off at Camp Grandma’s! We have one more night out planned before we are off to pick up the kiddos!