As promised, here are the rest of my fair photos! I just love the look and idea of old fair and circus stands, rides, etc. The lights, colors and vintage styling are so appealing! I just wish I’d have thought to take a couple of shots of some cotton candy or my funnel cake. 🙁 I guess I was too busy stuffing my face with it.

My favorite ride, and one of the only rides I’ll go on. How pathetic.

I had quite the tine with my camera, trying to get it to take good shots in the dark, with motion and little light bulbs everywhere. But I finally ended up with some shots I was happy with. And more of them turned out than I had first thought………….

And of course I had to capture some carousel shots. These were a lot easier, because there was a long period when no one was riding it.

Everything at the county fair is pretty old and beat-up, but I think that adds a bit of quaint, old-fashioned charm. 🙂

I normally don’t spend much time looking at the 4H animals, but we seemed to have more leisure time this year. It was fun getting some photos of them.

One of the sheep being sheared. I didn’t get to see it actually happening, though. The poor thing looked really scared with that bright light in its eyes.

How cute are these two? It’s like they were posing for me.

Someone had better feed this calf before he eats the baby! ;P

I love this pic. Look, it’s Wilbur!

This little boy let us pet his rabbit!

These flower pot scarecrows were set up all over the fairgrounds. What a cute idea!!

Last but not least, a few of the other projects I thought were worth showing. My sisters entered a few drawings and paintings. April’s is the one with the little girl making cookies {top right-hand corner} and Alayna entered the tiger, rose and the two paintings on canvas.

Someone’s painting of Rhianna. It looks just like her!

I saw this one the day I went to enter my projects, and thought, “I’ll bet that painting wins.” Sure enough! How amazing………..

I got a some fabric from my Grandma a while back (as seen in a previous post) and almost as soon as I saw the striped cotton, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I’ve been seeing those cute, bubble-ish, pleated skirts around lately and have WANTED one. But I can never find a pattern for a style that is similar. So I finally decided to modify a pattern that I already had. The Simplicity pattern #2758 worked really well for a project base because of the already fitted-with-pleats waistband. And it had enough fullness at the bottom that I could easily pleat and tuck to my heart’s content without taking off the wiggle room for walking. I decided to back the cotton with another one of my grandma’s vintage pieces to give it some body and keep it from being too sheer. It worked perfectly! Below you’ll see the finished project, complete with two cute, but almost non-functional pockets that I designed myself. They are lined, as is the waistband, with a cute, retro-style cotton that I bought at one of my favorite shops here in town. The same fabric is just screaming to be turned into another necktie necklace sometime soon. 🙂

I added some vintage buttons (I recently purchased them at an antique store in Walnut) to the front for interest, and because I plan to add suspenders eventually. When I do, two more buttons will be added to the back to hold them in place. But for now, I thought adding buttons to the back might look funny. 😉

As you can see, there were still a few strings that needed to be clipped, and markings that needed to be washed out. Other than that, it was completely finished. 🙂

I hate that the horizontal topstitching doesn’t match up once the zipper is closed. They did before. 😕 Other than that, I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve made three skirts with zippers so far, each with a different method. It’s a learning experienc for sure!

And some inside views; because I have a fascination with the insides of garments.
I love patterned facings or linings. 🙂

The same thing with stuff matching up on the inside. It must have something to do with how the zipper zips and exactly where the teeth intersect.

Also, the instructions didn’t explain what to do with the side of the skirt where the facing folds over, COVERING THE ZIPPER TEETH (see the right side? If the facing had been folded straight down, like the other side was, then it would have kept the zipper from zipping all the way up). So I had to improvise and try to manipulate the fabric. I think it turned out well, though.

Once I finish my blouse, I’ll post some pics of me wearing the completed ensemble. Hopefully next week…………..