And I found the perfect buttons!
This a LaFred pattern (I love her designs!). The fabric is a very heavy rough wool I bought at the Puyallup Sewing Expo a couple of years ago. Also bought the buttons there.
It has a way cool windowpane pocket.
Another gorgeous find at Nancy's Sewing Basket. It's a soft fluffy white silk with spots. The pattern is Loes Hinse's Casablanca blouse. I have used this pattern before and I love the way it fits, and the deep hem, which is almost like a peplum
A Summer dress
Dahlia couldn't get this dress over her shoulders, and pinning it on her just doesn't show the beautiful fit. The pattern is Butterick 5049, by Connie Crawford. Easy to sew, and the fit is perfect. The tucks under the bosom give a nice bit a shaping without revealing too much middle-aged figure. I found the beautiful silk at Manhattan Fabrics last summer. I call it the fetal animal silk; the figures are Chinese zodiac animals.