You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hail To The House Dress

Me on moms lap with neighbor.

You've seen them, our mothers wore them and we abhor them. To what am I referring? The House dress. You know, the frumpy old cotton frocks that our mothers wore around the house all day while they cooked and cleaned for us ungrateful souls. You remember, they were plaid or flowered or even plain but one thing is for sure they were ugly. I used to think it was just the style of the times but I have come to realize that the house dress was more
Dad holding me, grand-
mother in house dress.

than that, and our moms knew it; they were comfortable.  I reluctantly found this out during our recent New England heat wave.  I can't believe how hot and humid it has been thus rendering me useless as far as getting much done. I spent a good part of the past 7 days at the beach, cooling off.  I even filled up the grand kid's kiddie pool and sat in it by myself....hey whatever works right? I also dug out my latest Finally Finishing Project. Another blue batik sack of a dress that I had banished to the back of the closet. Finally I measured, cut and hand hemmed it.  Once completed it I  slipped  the lightweight cotton dress over my head and immediately realized the attractions our mothers had for theses garments.  This dress is the most comfortable thing I own. It is cool and soft. Of course due to the heat I did the bare minimum of chores but when I did,  I did them with comfort and without constriction. Even in 90+ degrees I was able to catch the elusive breeze. No more sweaty tee shirts for me. No shorts riding up or too tight waistbands. No more back sweat...... I am free.

Taaaa Daaa

Happy Blog Anniversary!
Finally Finishing is 1 year Old
and I have finished numerous projects with
many more to go! 
Thanks you readers
 for all your support and kind words
 along the way!!


jeff said...

Jackie, I can't believe it has been a year for "finally finishing" Each entry is better and better. I look forward to another year. If you start to run out of your own projects feel free to do some of the things I've been putting off for fifty years.

Jackie said...

Hahaha I sure will, except I still have tons. I think I am a hoarder! Good to see you these days.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Jacqueline, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY on your blog! You did a great job on your dress. I wish that I did not give my sewing machine back to my mom. She taught me when I was little and she used to finish everything that I would make. You should make more of them to wear for summer. Take care and stay cool. Julie from

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary!
Great job Jackie!! 💜
Keep up the great work. You can do it!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog - such an inspiring idea. I think I may just go finish a few of my own projects now! Thanks! :)