I'm a beach girl. Always have been. I was lucky to grow up in a family that vacationed regularly. Not anything fancy; we always drove, and it was pretty common that all seven of us would squeeze into one hotel room. But we got to vacation, nonetheless. For a period of my young life, we would alternate our summer destinations - one year by the sea, the next up in the mountains. At some point I convinced my siblings to make a full court press, begging for beach vacations only. We were successful at some point in my junior high school life, and I've been going to the Outer Banks (on the Atlantic Ocean) almost every year ever since.
San Andres is a tiny, 10 square mile island off the coast of Nicaragua. It's the largest island in the archipelago, is shaped like a seahorse and is protected by a 20-mile long barrier reef. Although it now belongs to Colombia, the locals are a mix: descendants of English settlers, African slaves and mainland Colombians. The island is surrounded by what's known as the Sea of Seven Colors - this name was actually used as far back as the 17th century by pirates and smugglers. San Andres continues to be a smuggling waypoint, to get drugs from mainland Colombia to Central America.
|The whitecaps indicate the barrier reef. The northeastern tip of the island - the seahorse's snout - is visible in the photo.|
We went for five nights in January and had a fantastic time. The sea really does have (at least) seven colors, thanks to immense shallow pools of sparkling light turquoise, darker greener patches where sea grass grows, darker blue where the coral is, and deep deep blue beyond the barrier reef. It is absolutely stunning in person.
The island is small enough that you can drive all the way around it in less than two hours, which we did on our second night there. We didn't stay in the main town, which is quite crowded and touristy, but in a smaller, quiet neighborhood on the island's east coast, in the belly of the seahorse. We rented an apartment in a house that was right on the not-too-crowded Rocky Cay beach, and enjoyed swimming and snorkeling and just hanging out. It.was.awesome.
|The view from our apartment balcony.|
|Driving through the town of San Luis, San Andres Island.|
But you're not here for a travel report, are you? Thankfully, I have some more vacation-related sewing to show off, though I had to retake the photos when we got home since the ones I took on the beach didn't show the skirt that well.
So I took the opportunity of the pre-vacation sewjo surge to whip up a quick Simplicity 1887. I used the black linen that I had leftover from a Portfolio dress. I sewed two skirts and four pairs of shorts from this pattern in 2016. They still constitute the backbone of my summer wardrobe, though several of the pieces are looking a bit the worse for wear.
I sewed the size 16 again (my pattern size is a 20; this pattern has insane amounts of ease), but I unlike the last two times I made this skirt, I didn't make any alterations to the side seams; I just sewed them with a 5/8" allowance. I did add 2.5" in length so that I could take a 2" hem. I had thought about making some fancy rows of topstitching at the hem in a gold or yellow thread, but decided at the last minute to keep it simple so that it would go with everything.
I somehow lost half the instructions in the pattern. So I pulled out one of the other skirts I had made in 2016 to remind myself how to do the elastic in the waistband and it worked perfectly the first time.
Not much else to say about a pattern I just sewed for the seventh time, so I'll leave it at that. As always, thanks for reading, and see you next time!