My husband was away on a study leave for the month of July. He took my daughter with him, and she spent the month in various locations -- at my mom's, at an old friend's, just with her dad. I stayed to man the home front with my four boys. It was a little different being a single mom. Parts of my life were simplified because there was no husband and one less child to take care of. Parts were more complicated because I was, in effect, a single parent, so all errand-running and problem-solving fell to me.
But I did end up with some extra time here and there, and I used it to sew some things for myself;)
I made this maxi dress:
The pattern is McCalls 6559.
Dresses made from this pattern are all over the internet, and with good reason. It sews up quickly, is comfortable to wear, and generally is flattering. I cut a size 16, but it ended up a little large, so next time I may try a 14. (It's taking me some trial and error to figure out what size actually fits me.)
There are only two pieces to this pattern -- a front and a back.
This maxi dress, while definitely not perfect, is wearable and practical in this summer heat. I learned some new skills -- I'd never used that stay tape before -- and worked on conquering a fear of sewing with knits. For me, sewing is one of those things that I can get stuck thinking about and reading about and getting inspired by others, BUT I really need to just get in there and SEW and make mistakes and try new things to figure out what I'm doing. And the enjoyment really comes from getting in there and DOING. In a lot of ways, this has been a summer of DOING for me.