Get ready for Frocktober!

We’re back, after a whole summer away. It’s been a long summer, with good things and bad things, and I’m happy to report that so far, my nephew Aron is responding very well to treatment. The girls spent lots of time with him and their other cousins, swam in Balaton, went for long walks in the woods north of Balaton and the Buda hills, improved their Hungarian, and learned to misbehave in all sorts of new ways. I found it frustrating how little I could do to actually help my sister. Trying and failing at what I hoped would be a helpful idea many times.

But there were fun things for me too: Andy and I got a bit of time along to go to Berlin, where I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I loved Berlin. I also met Constance (owner of Santa Lucia Patterns), who took me fabric-shopping at the Turkish market. I had also hoped to but did not succeed at meeting Linda, who runs the little shop Volksfaden. We were also taken around town by friends, spent time contemplating at the Berlin wall’s remains, which still shakes me up.

Now, it’s time to get ready for school, work, fall and winter.




I’m so pleased the Giselle dress pattern is part of the Frocktober challenge run by The Monthly Stitch, along with the Lonsdale dress by Sewaholic, the Dakota dress by Named Patterns, and the Reglisse dress by Deer and Doe! Participate by sewing up your own version of one (or all four) dresses, and enter to win free patterns!

Read all about prizes and rules of participation in the Frocktober challenge announcement. To help you get ready, the Giselle dress pattern is on sale for 20% off from today through September 30, both the paper version and the pdf download.


Gisellel overall


I look forward to seeing what you make!



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