The Summer Swim-A-Long! Like many things, this started out as a twitter conversation and kind of grew into a full fledged theme. Its kinda like a sew-a-long but with more options than just swim wear. Like, I'm going to be doing a guest post over on Katie of Kadiddlehopper in mid-June for a beach cover-up how-to. Just a few days after my birthday. The lovely Leila of Three Dresses Project is co-host of this affair.
The beach cover-up I'll be making is a free download at fabric.com, you can find it here. Click on the banner that says "free pattern" and below are links to suggestions of what to use for making this cover-up. Which will henceforth be called "The Beach Kaftan". I recommend semi-sheer or sheer materials that can withstand beach, sun, and the washing machine. Cotton voile, gauze, and even chiffon if you are feeling froggy, but I recommend easy to work with fabrics.
|Those goggles are pretty darn goofy looking. Also, she's inherited my shoulders.|
I've already dabbled a bit in making a swimsuit for my daughter, the above is my first attempt. I really want to make a slightly better one with latex elastic around the neck so that it doesn't pull down so far on her. I ordered some more and it came in the mail yesterday. In any case, we've been quite excited for summer since all the rain this winter has the lake fuller than it has been in the last decade, AND my mother-in-law's pool is now operation again. I fully expect my children to develop gills and webbed feet by the end of summer. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.
Speaking of lakes, I want to make surfer suits for the kids to use while skiing. So what fun activities do you northern hemisphere folk have planned?
*By "fighting my brain chemistry" I mean I had yet another complete meltdown at which point I threatened to euthanize all the cats. I may even have threatened my husband with a knife, but he says that I didn't so my memory could be faulty. Or I just thought about it (but really, who doesn't entertain that notion once in a while?). In any case, these episodes were getting to the point where even I was like "WTF is wrong with me" and finally agreed to see my doctor. We've adjusted my medication and we'll see how that goes. So far, so good.