One that got away

Well, my resolution to NOT buy any patterns for a while was sorely tested by this one — tested to the point of bidding on it. However, the universe saved me from myself, and some person who had not resolved not to buy more patterns (as far as I know) got it. Isn't it dreamy, though [sigh]?

The seller, , has tons of other great patterns, in a range of sizes …

I'm traveling now, and besides reveling in the warm temperatures (I'm in California), this has also been a great trip for Positive Sewing Reinforcement. PSR is when someone gives you a compliment on something you've made (and are, at that moment, wearing). Thursday I was hugged–yes, that's right, HUGGED–but a young man of the punk persuasion who said he was moved to that display of physical affection by my camouflage skirt. (And considering I am old enough, in a strictly-biologically-possible way, to have been his mother, I believed him.) Three random folks complimented Friday's Duro, and the girl behind the counter at the In-and-Out burger (omg, everything you've heard about the greatness of In-and-Out? All true!) last night came away from her station to tell me she liked my .

Of course, all this PSR just moves me to even greater effort. "If they like *this*," I think, "boy, would they like what I have planned !" The only problem is … where will it all end?

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0 thoughts on “One that got away

  1. Very nice pattern! But a lesson learned from one of my favorite childhood books, Dresses (and one of your favorites too I believe), is that the “ones that get away” loom large in the imagination. Keep up the great sewing, and blogging!

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  2. What a gorgeous dress! I keep hearing about In-and-Out, but living here in Chicago, I’ve never had the chance to try one. Do you think you could bring one back for me?

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  3. We’ll give you lots of cyber-PSR if you show your own dresses on dressaday 😉 A nice series of pictures would be great….PSRegards from Denmark,Henriette

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  4. In and Out! Yum!!! I haven’t had one since I moved back East from LA!PSR is great, isn’t! I can’t imagine why people wouldn’t compliment your creative clothes.

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  5. I agree. Share pics of your work! I also share the fascination with this style and have started a sewing blog. I have itchy fingers on the “Buy Now” button on ebay, so we share the affliction. Come visit me

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  6. A more pertinent question might be, “Where will it all hang?” You must have closet space that would make the gods weep with envy, in order to actually put away all the things you make. Or you have the space arranged very, very cleverly. Or both. Do tell us how you manage it!(And please don’t scare us like that. “Where will it all end,” indeed. When you swap out for “Celestial-Robes-A-Day,” that’s where.)

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  7. Erin, I’m glad In-N-Out lives up to the hype. Also, of course you get compliments because the dresses and skrits are the best.Will we get to see you while you are in town?

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  8. You just had to mention In-and-Out Burger, didn’t you? Now I have burger envy! That was my special treat growing up in California. Now there are locations in Arizona and don’t miss the one in Las Vegas when you’re there. Yeah, some PSR is a great motivator to get sewing again.

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  9. What I particularly like about the dress in this pattern is the way the bodice comes down to a point. It would make any waist look smaller, no?

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  10. I was thinking that too, Celeste. And who doesn’t want a smaller looking waist? It certainly would help me who has a hard time resisting any burger.

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  11. Reading this blog has influenced my New Year’s resolution–to improve my very basic sewing skills. Step one: serious study of several sewing books, then on to some dress projects. And I recently purchased my first vintage pattern, something with a lot of softly draped pleats, as a goal to work up to. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I have been eyeing that houndstooth silk, in the plum colorway, thinking it would make a fabulous big skirted wrap dress, a la Butterick’s latest reissue…

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  13. I sometimes forget just how GOOD In & Out really is. So much so that when I had it for lunch last week, I promptly had it again for dinner the very next day.Yum. The best of the best of fast food! I wish I had your talent (and patience!) for sewing. My 9 year old daughter just got a small sewing machine for Xmas and I’m contemplating getting back into the hang of it- if only to give HER the bug. I haven’t sewn much in over 10 years.Along with the machine came some cute fabric and some easy-breezy kid-friendly patterns.We shall see!And, not quite the same since I don’t sew my own clothes… but I DO carry some of my vintage purses and it is ever so gratifying when a stranger admires them enough to comment! One even begged to buy my 1960’s aqua tooled leather purse right off my arm that very minute! :-)She’d never bought vintage before so of course I DID sell it to her – always room for more retrophiles!

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  14. Just lately I’ve been taking more notice of how much stuff I wear that I make. e.g clothes or jewellery. I don’t make all my own clothes but most of them, I make most of my own jewellery, only buying pieces I can’t make. Happily I wear something I’ve made most days, it’s amazing the compliments you get – just cos you look a bit different I guess.

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