One of my many personal problems

Is that I really, really, don't like to go on a trip without having made a new dress. (I also don't like to go to a wedding unless I've made a new dress. I feel the opposite of Thoreau — instead of "beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," I feel "if it's not important enough for a new dress, why bother?")

Sadly, because of the pressures of work, I take off for Shanghai and Tokyo tomorrow without a new dress in my suitcase. It's more of a suit trip, anyway, but that doesn't make it any better. And, I know, I know, I should be ecstatic to be going with or without a new dress, but it would be BETTER with a new dress! Because everything is better with a new dress.

If I did miraculously get another day to make a new dress in, I think I'd want to make this one:

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Only in a charcoal springy wool, for maximum packability. And I'd make the pocket welts contrasting, and maybe pipe the midriff of the dress in a contrasting fabric, too. Pale blue? That would be pretty.

Okay, must go prep for trip WITH CLOTHES I ALREADY ACTUALLY HAVE. Dammit.

Oh, and btw, click on the image to buy this pattern. It's cheap (starting bid $2.50) and cute and B36! I'm tempted to buy it myself, but I've sworn no new patterns until I sew that hippie chick dress.

3 thoughts on “One of my many personal problems

  1. Hi, this might seem a little abrupt, but would you ever consider being commissioned to make a dress? My wedding is coming up and I hate wedding dresses. I have a fabric that I like but don’t know any seamstresses in my town (Las Vegas), and I was wanting to consult with someone and send them my measurements and have the dress made– for money, of course. Please let me know your thoughts on this; I’m a regular reader of your blog and would trust your advice and work. –katie.


  2. Katie,Thanks, I’m very flattered! Unfortunately I don’t do wedding dresses, or sew for other people — it’s hard enough sewing for myself!However, I’m sure there are a lot of good seamstresses in Las Vegas. You might check out this link: see if there are referrals in Nevada, or others close by who might work by mail. There’s also a FAQ! Good luck!


  3. But how are you going to finish the hippie dress while you’re in China? With all those precious auction days ticking away? <–enabler


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