But as I combed through the photos, I came across these:
Ben's hat and shirt: they worked great! Easy to use, great coverage. No sunburn.
Genevieve is walking to the beach with Granny wearing a pair of beach pants I made her last summer. I used the directions in Amanda Soule's book. They are a wonderfully breezy pair of pants, easy on and off (important for sandy and potentially sunburned legs!). And topstitched in red.
And here is a project I've been excited to show you: my own beach dress, to wear over my suit as I biked to the beach or went up to the boardwalk for some fries.
I started with this black tencel dress from the thrift store for $3.99. I started very late one night and just in time remembered to take a "before" photo. This pose cracks me up, but it's supposed to show the length and side slits.
I cut the dress off to my knees, slit it up the front, and made very large bias binding for the raw edges. I found the striped shirting at JoAnn Fabrics - I really wanted 1970s bright prairie calico for some reason, but I didn't have time to hunt it down (but 1970s calico is still burning a hole in my brain, so I expect I'll be buying some soon!).
Then I sewed on ties using red triangles of reproduction feed sack -- the closest I could come to calico with my stash. I am very pleased with this beach dress! I feel smart in it (my husband called it elegant).
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. . . the beach. . . evening. . . my family.