Kim Dress in Liberty Chambray + a personal note

How I love a newly made dress! I grabbed a gorgeous, and rather rare cut of Liberty cotton/linen chambray which I purchased at Jones & Vandermeer a while back, and decided it ought to become a Kim dress. Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

The Kim Dress is a pattern from By Hand London, and its got a great feminine neckline, princess seams, and two options for the skirt. I chose to make my own gathered skirt, because I know what I like as far as a skirt is concerned.Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

I have quite a long torso- a standard ready to wear one piece swimsuit is never long enough for me, for instance. But for whatever reason, the bodice on this dress is a bit long for me, and I’ll shorten it in the future. I think its perhaps because my bottom half is curvy, so below my waistline, I start flaring out a bit. Still, I like the dress, and it’ll get lots of wear as is, even if I would make some changes in the future.Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

I lined the bodice of the dress with a small cut of Liberty cotton/linen just because a fun pop is always a good thing!Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

The waistline features a pretty insertion lace, found here.Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

The skirt is actually unlined, which is a rarity for me, but this fabric isn’t transparent at all, so a lining wasn’t necessary. What was completely necessary, however, was pockets! Every dress needs pockets!Liberty Chambray Kim Dress

Onto some more personal things: I don’t even know if I ever gave an explanation for my radio silence in August. My former web host locked me out of my site, and I transferred hosts. This took nearly a full month since my former host didn’t want to relinquish any of my site info, but we have it all sorted now! Liberty Chambray Kim DressLiberty Chambray Kim Dress

Over the last month, I have neglected my health in a major way. I was trying to do commissioned work, Project Run & Play, prep to be vendor in a show at the end of the month, make dresses and bow ties for my sister’s wedding, and school my kids and do the other things I needed to do. The bottom line is, up until this past Friday, I haven’t been eating, drinking, or sleeping any more than to keep myself alive, and after my sister’s ceremony I had to go to the hospital. I had some abdominal issues, but I think everything in my body was functioning poorly because I was so sleep deprived I could hardly verbalize a complete thought. After getting home, I emailed the team at Project Run and Play to let them know I needed to drop out of the competition, which I hated to do especially since I only had another week of garments to work on. But I simply didn’t have the time or energy to photograph and post about my latest submission, so I forfeited. I do so appreciate them having me this season, and I wish the other contestants all the best. I’ll post what would have been this week’s submission on here soon because I poured over 10 hours into just the tops! I want to at least post them here.

Thank you guys for bearing with me. I still have lots to catch up on as far as posting is concerned. I worked non stop over the past two months, and I’ve been excited to show all that’s been sewn!

I hope you are having a great Thursday!


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