I whipped up another shirtdress over the weekend while Jared’s brother, David, & his girlfriend, Alana, were visiting with us. They pitched in with Ramona (including taking her for an entire evening so Jared & I could go on a date!) & gave me time to sew. My favorite part is that they mostly hung around so I could chat with them while I sewed. I really enjoy making conversation while I sew, but it almost never happens because, you know. I live with my child & partner instead of roommates. Ramona is still not quite old enough for real conversation, & Jared is usually immersed in his dissertation (which is due at the end of the month, with the defense scheduled for April). I would do pretty well on a televised sewing competition, inasmuch as chatter doesn’t bother me. My inability to draft from scratch would sink me.
Anyway, I haven’t had time to photograph the newest shirtdress, so no post about it yet. I will say that it’s the pink gingham seersucker, which rocketed to the top of the queue when I spent three sleepless nights fretting over whether I had enough yardage to cut the button placket & waistband on the bias. I finally decided to just trace everything out with a Frixion pen on a single layer & see, & once that was done, I couldn’t stop myself from cutting it out, & once that was done…why not sew it up? It was a good 80 degrees in Lawrence on Monday, so I got to take it on a test drive & it is going to be a perfect summer dress. The only weird thing is that this street performer we see a lot told me she loved my dress & then asked if I made it. How did she know?! It looked fairly profesh to me. Maybe I’ve talked to her before about sewing & just forgot.
I have a million more shirtdresses planned. I bought this insane kitten print yesterday & a bit of blue organza to possibly use as a contrast overlay on the waistband & button placket. When Jared saw it, he said, “I don’t know what’s more horrifying–their faces or their bows.”
I’m also thinking about getting some more seersucker (on sale right now at Hancock) & rotating the side bust dart into the shoulder to add gathering there. I poked around online but haven’t found anyone who has altered M6696 this way. Could be cool though.
Jared is on spring break this week, but he’s been sick. Obviously it’s never fun when your co-parent is sick, but coming off my solo four days with Ramona while Jared was in Madison & staring down the barrel of five days at the end of the month while he’s at a conference in Seattle…I really need a break. Insert obligatory acknowledgement that at least I have a co-parent & also only one kid. But still. It’s just amazing that I haven’t gotten sick. I was going to sleep on the couch to minimize the risk of contagion, but between the cat having a secret stash of Duplos that she chases around the house in the middle of the night & idiots walking by outside drunkenly hollering, I couldn’t sleep. I reasoned that I was definitely going to get sick if I couldn’t sleep, so I took the risk & slept upstairs.
Incidentally, anyone want to buy these shoes?
They’re Fluevog Bellevue Pearl Harts, in a discontinued black & burgundy colorway, in suede, size 9.5. I’m asking $250, which includes shipping within the U.S. I love them, but I’ve accepted that they are not practical for my lifestyle, which mainly involves chasing around a three-year-old. I’m trying to minimize & let go of some things I’ve been holding on to out of sentiment, even though they never get used. Goodbye, beautiful shoes. I have already replaced them with some men’s walking shoes that are possibly slightly orthopedic-looking?
ETA: It also occurred to me this afternoon that I could add pintucks to the M6696 bodice! Now I just have to consider the perfect fabric for such a detail…This pattern just keeps on giving.