Off-the-shoulder blue and white stripe dress from Sundressing - and a giveaway!


I looooooove sundresses. They're my favorite kind of dress to make and wear, and dresses are my favorite thing to design/sew! (Of course I love them - this blog used to be called Adventures in Dressmaking!) I just love when the weather gets warm enough for wearing cottony, sleeveless, full-skirted dresses outside.

So I of course I was excited to see and review Melissa Mora's new book, Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls! You may know Melissa from Melly Sews; we've been blog friends for ages and she has some great resource on her blog! Her new book Sundressing just came out and it's a really fun, creative, idea-packed book that starts with a basic pattern and shows you how to create all kinds of cute dresses--I just made one of them myself!

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Real olive oil, fig vinegar, and a flavorful beet side salad


This recipe is a flavor-packed early summer side dish showcasing some delicious, pure olive oil and tangy, sweet fig vinegar! These ingredients were a treat to use and I'm so happy with how this exciting recipe came out!

They also come with a great story and I'm excited to share about the Oregon Olive Mill, the Pacific Northwest's only olive oil producer, who sent me this fabulous, strongly flavored, 100% pure extra virgin olive oil and fig vinegar. And, I love this summerier use of beets as a side dish!

Colorful, playful party dress for an exciting anniversary party!


Over the weekend we attended a really fun and memorable 10th anniversary party of some good friends. I knew from the colorful invitation suite (and checking with the hostess!) that everything was going to be really bright and fun, with lots of pink, yellow, orange, and black/white. I wanted to make a new dress for the occasion but didn't have a specific design in mind - so I went to the fabric store looking for the perfect fabric that would speak to me!

I debated about a solid color coral, thinking I'd make something strappy with a natural waist, sweetheart neckline, and pleats, but I also found this super bright (is it a floral? I almost can't tell) Nicole Miller print.

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