When the presidential election was over, my immediate consolation came in the form of three days at a sewing workshop with Sarah Veblen and more than a half dozen of other creative, encouraging, supportive, funny, always eager to learn women. Somewhat ironic to say the least. But it was the very best solution for my immediate pain and I focused my attention on fitting several new garments, discussing fabric choices with Sarah for some upcoming projects and most importantly starting to use my TNT patterns for new designs. You'll be seeing the results in upcoming posts. For now, here are two projects I have not yet blogged about, both from patterns that Sarah fit on me in August.
This sheath dress is a very old Burda pattern, #3247,...so old that the notions include a recommendation for shoulder pads. But as Sarah and I did the fitting in August we could both tell that the pattern had good bones...a side dart, waist darts front and back and a slightly tapered hem. Here's the first version in a print ponte from Fabric Mart. I like the print but the fabric is already pilling so it won't be a long term garment in my closet. I selected it to wear with this royal blue RTW cardigan and am quite happy with how it looks as an outfit.
|Burda 3247 as I will wear in in real life|
I made the dress in time for a wonderful family anniversary party in mid-October. My mother's younger brother and my aunt have been married for fifty years....and I was in the wedding back in 1965. I was only fifteen years old at the time but look 35 in that teased hair (what we called "French curls in New Jersey.) With high heels, my full 5' 8 3/4" height and Marge Simpson hairdo I tower over the rest of the bridal party.
My cousins and other uncles and my brother all gathered from around the country for the anniversary weekend and it was so wonderful to get together for a happy occasion.
Since the election I am regrouping and part of that meant spending time in the sewing room making a top to wear for Thanksgiving with family again tomorrow and we don't necessarily share the same political beliefs. But as my minister has reminded our congregation for many years, we don't have to think alike to love alike. So I will go and share that spirit of love but also with my own inside joke.
I pulled out a lovely heavy rayon paisley print from my resource center, a dark and dusty blue-grey-black. It is soft and casual and comfy but I needed some details to make it feel more special. The pattern is an easy tunic top, a new favorite, McCalls 7357, McCalls 7357 .
|1 3/4" lace strip pinned on one sleeve seam|
It's a subtle detail but I like knowing it is there. I also put a small piece of lace behind the front curved neckline and wrapped the sleeve binding with the lace as well. Yes, I am blue but it is a blue I am proud of in every sense of the word.
And my contribution to the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow....Maryland blue crab dip. I couldn't resist....
And if you don't know the song, here's the Linda Rondstadt version I listened to on a cassettte tape in the '80s.
No matter what your mood or color is, I hope you too find renewal and inspiration in your sewing room.