4th of July 2017

I know this is a little late, but I wanted to show you all my 4th of July outfit that I wore this year. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you might recognize the skirt portion of this outfit. It used to be a Sewaholic Cambie dress that I blogged about quite some time ago. (You can find the original blog post here.) I was originally pretty thrilled with the fit, but more recently I have found it to be very uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. It was just too tight across the bust and it cut into my underarms. I should have done a proper FBA in the first place, but I didn't. Despite my dislike of the fit through the bodice, I loved the skirt. It was just too much of ruffly goodness to waste. So I chopped the skirt off and now I can wear it all the time! 

I am very happy that I was able to repurpose this dress. It has sat too long languishing in my closet unworn. While I am sad that I wasn't able to keep this dress in it's original form, the fact that I can now wear part of it comfortably does make me feel better. 

One thing this skirt is missing is a petticoat. I think tiered ruffle skirts really demand the addition of a poofy petticoat. I used to have a couple petticoats I made from tulle, but I got rid of them because I wore them so much and they were looking pretty icky. I’ve been thinking lately of trying to make another petticoat and this skirt is only showing me how badly I want one! If I do sew one up, I will let you know how it goes.

The Mr. and I didn't do a whole lot on the 4th. We went to my in-laws house for a cookout a couple of days before, which was quite fun, but on the actual holiday we mainly hung out at home and enjoyed ourselves. I am a little sad that we didn't go to see some fireworks, but by the time I had thought of it we were already very tired and heading to bed.

It’s been quite hot here in Virginia, which is making me start to think a little about the crisp autumn days that are coming soon. I do enjoy summer, but I can’t deny that I’ve already started thinking about some of the Christmas presents I need to make up. To be fair, I do have a very large family and over ten birthdays to plan presents for between now and the end of the year! I am going to attempt to have all the handmade presents I making this year done before Thanksgiving so that I can really enjoy the holiday season. I don't know if it is just me, but having a load of gifts that need to be made stresses me out. Anyway, I'll be talking more about that when the time comes!

I hope you all have been having a wonderful summer so far. Thank you for spending a little time reading through my post today! I have a very special blog post planned for Friday, so keep your eyes out for that.