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I also adore polka dots! What a cute outfit , I especially love the blouse. It's also the perfect outfit to wear at a ho-down! Enjoy wearing it. I hate button work and you did a beautiful job with yours. What patience! 😉
Happy Summer! 🌺

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thanks, Irene! :-) Yes, it has that sort of country-western look to it too! I can see it will be versatile, depending on how it is accessorized.

I've found that buttons aren't so bad when you have a handy one-step buttonhole foot, like the one that came with my sewing machine! I still alternate between preferring buttons or zippers best, but buttons are certainly a lot more pleasant to do now!

Sarah - Sew Characteristically You

I have bought a few skirts that were too large and altered them down to size. One I needed to take the waist in and another I took the waist in from being an elastic waist to having a zipper closure, and made the waistband with the fabric I cut off to shorten it.

I love being able to sew so that I can thrift and find pieces that are not in my size, but still do something with them. Some of the pieces have a nice pattern, but won't fit without alteration.



This looks like a square dance outfit and 1950s style too. I love this style!

What an awesome idea using rick-rack as an optical illusion that you have 4 even tiers!!! And, using the scraps as a trim on the blouse. I have a tired skirt I wanted to shorten but didn't want to pull it apart and shorten all the tiers. Now, I know what to do. LOL. Thanks for the great idea.

Lovely outfit :)

Best wishes, Dee

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thanks, Dee! I'm glad I solved your problem! :-)

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