Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Completed: Sew Dolly Clackett Dress

What is so great about Roisin is that she knows what she likes, she does it well, and this seems to bring her a lot of joy. In fact, this is why I read her blog -- to me, she radiates and embodies the pure joy of sewing. Mind you, her beautiful smile also has something to do with that. :-) Roisin gives me the sense that as long as we're sewing, things are going to be okay, you know? Also, she sews A LOT. Have you seen the number of dresses in her closet? Talk about inspiring!

Pattern: self-drafted lobster dress pattern, frankensteined with the very excellent Cami Dress by Pauline Alice. Fabric: synthetic mystery fabric from stash. It was my intention, with the full skirt and fun heels, to echo Roisin's style, in a way that still felt me. Also, this dress works pretty well with my figure, which is also to me what Roisin is all about -- knowing what works for you and having fun with it!

But now, tell me Roisin, do you really wear all those pretty heels to work? How do you do it?! My feet are killing me from just the pictures!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Completed: A Second Beyoncé Dress

I hope you're having a happy long weekend, and that it's just as sunny in your corner of the world as it is in mine! We are spending the weekend in the countryside -- it's amazing how a simple change of scenery can give a whole new perspective on things. That's why traveling is so important to me: for the perspective it brings, but also for stretching time. As Joshua Foer explains in this interview, routine activities can speed up time, and new experiences awaken our being. This is why, as children, time seems to trickle by, and as adults it flies.
Earlier this week, I made another second Beyoncé dress -- comfortable and flattering, as the previous one.

Fabric: medium-weight ponté knit from Moods NYC
Pattern: Vogue 1314
Successful? Fairly. In terms of the pattern, I wrote TNT (tried and true) in big thick red letters on each pattern piece with great satisfaction. :-) But I was surprised to find out that this particular ponté knit was less forgiving than the double knit I used last time, probably because what makes the double knit so flattering is its foamy propriety, which the ponté lacks. This foaminess not only follows the contours of the body, but also smooths it out. SO: My next make with this pattern will definitely be in an extra-thick double knit.

Tell me, what are you doing this weekend and is the weather cooperating with your plans?

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