A bias silk charmeuse nightgown....doesn't that sound decadent and sultry and very 1930's pre-code movies ( Turner Classic Movies article about those multi-dimensional women in early 1930s films) I imagined I'd be vamping around the house like Jean Harlow. Not how it turned out. I sewed another Vogue 7823 bias dress, shortening it 7 inches and lowering the neckline about 1 inch front and back. Self-bias binding and a little poly fabric flower and it was looking comfortable and flattering....
|Vogue 7823 bias gown|
Holy hot wrinkled mess. Needless to say this is not the look I wanted. I think the idea is still a good one but would work better in a four ply silk or a heavy rayon crepe backed charmeuse like I've done before.
|Wish I could have captured her beauty and style|
|Chico's silk velvet jacket that I love|
|I even look uncertain about this one.|
|I did like the even shorter version of Vogue 7823 as a bias top|
|Maybe with the belt but that's not really a look I like on me.|
|Lined to the edge hemming technique doesn't work well in light or drapey fabric, IMHO.|
But here are two things that did not disappoint me. A garden club friend recommended this first book. it certainly wasn't great literature but I found it interesting and engaging. It's a historical novel based on the life of Hilda Klager, a German immigrant homemaker and farmer who has a passion of breeding new varieties of lilacs, apples and daffodils. It's certainly not an expected activity for a turn of the 20th century woman but her cross-pollinating and hard work have brought beauty and new discoveries that we still enjoy today. If you have any interest in gardening then I think you will enjoy this one.
When I got my hands on Cold Mountain years ago I think I read it in three days. This one is much shorter but just as beautifully written. Amazon:
Charles Frazier, the acclaimed author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons, returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. With his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways. In a lean, tight narrative, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.
I made sure I read this one slowly to savor very description and subtle point of view. Simply beautiful.
Reading good books is sort of like sewing up a TNT pattern. They revive my sinking spirits and encourage me to give a new project a chance. Hope your latest projects bring you more shouts of joy that sighs of disappointment.