Would you like to see a new dress?

I hope so, because I have one:

This is the bodice from my old friend , sans collar — I finally traced the darn thing off and even added an inch to the length. I don’t know why, but I seem to have more length from my shoulder-to-waist than previously. (Is that even possible? I thought I was supposed to be shrinking with age.) The skirt is from that “W3” pattern from a million years ago.

Here’s the back:

Here’s the sleeve binding (the hem facing is the same color):

And the zipper, which is 1) terrible and 2) on the wrong side! I was pretty sick with the flu over Thanksgiving but couldn’t face the thought of a four-day weekend with no sewing in it … but people, I have to tell you: do NOT operate sewing patterns while under the influence of cold medicine.

Luckily it doesn’t affect the wearability of the dress, I just have had one or two bad moments where I couldn’t figure out why something was off. Perhaps I’ll switch up my zipper sides from now on, just to give myself a little cognitive agility? (Probably not.)

This fabric was from — I bought it last spring, right as it got a little too warm for a deep teal dress. But now the weather is perfect, and it also has a little bit of a Christmassy feel, I think.

Sorry for the blog hiatus — I still need to move this blog to a new host, as it’s starting to get so large that my current host is groaning. But I should be able to squeeze a post or two in while I’m packing the boxes!

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Today's Pattern Story: McCalls 3698

Floral: I will look off into the distance as I visualize my plans coming to fruition! Or as I anticipate the flowering of my plans, which is a more appropriate word, given my dress. Soon, the moon and all its habitants will be mine!

Polka-dot: I will gather my tulips while I may. Also, look at me! I’m Sandra Dee!

Green: Hey, I don’t think you took into account that there are five Thursdays this month, Doreen.

 

Worth Checking Out

So friend-of-the-blog Robin is having an , and you should really check it out. Exhibit A:

 

Her whole shop is just amazing — Robin has exquisite taste. (Basically, anything she sends me goes  STRAIGHT TO . She’s that good.)

Today's Pattern Story

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Green: I don’t know  … it’s hard to tell …

Yellow: Are you sure? The girl at the shop said that the neck vine for this dress should grow an inch an hour, but I think it’s still just as short as it was this morning.

Green: Well, it’s certainly wiggling, isn’t that a good sign?

Yellow: I knew I should have injected it deeper into my cervical vertebrae! I’m going to have to take it back and complain.

Great Dresses of Literature: Fabulous Nobodies

Because I am in a classical mood lately, I select a traditional red-on-white polka dot dress with shoestring straps and a built-in padded bra and waist cinched tightly with a big red elastic belt. The frock’s name is Gina — after Gina Lollobrigida, naturally — and she’s so tight little wrinkles of fabric form on my hips when I walk. But she’s got a great sense of humor, a wonderful Italian outlook on life. When you walk in Gina — in six-inch red high heels, of course — you get this urge to hum “Volare” and swing your handbag like mad. I love her so much.

from , by Lee Tulloch. If you haven’t read Fabulous Nobodies, you really, really should.

Happy Plaidurday!

Man, sneaks up on me every year. At least I have this to wear today:

This dress is another Frankenstein; the bodice from my old favorite , and the skirt from that pattern.

Here’s the bodice:

ALMOST matched the plaid at center-front; luckily it’s so abstract:

This fabric is from the wonderful (and sadly, now-closed) .

Collar closeup:

And the back:

Enjoy your Plaidurday!