More pretty in pink florals...

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If you're ever in Durham, a spot I really insist you visit is Duke Gardens. I'm not one to recommend a Duke basketball game or a trip to campus as a half-hearted tar heel personally, but the 55 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns, arboretums, and flower beds are a can't miss spot. There's lots to see year-round but it's especially lovely in the spring, when all the trees are in bloom and the daffodils are popping up everywhere. Pack a picnic (I won't tell if you sneak some wine) and lunch on the lawn--ladylike dresses required!

The dress pattern is an early 60s one, to which I've made just one slight alteration, raising the back neckline from a V. I used the back neckline from Simplicity 4475 since I assumed they were using the same block to make the two patterns, since the... [read more]