|shhhh, don't tell California...|
We kicked around for a bit more, then called it a night. I found the most amazing hard cider from Crispin - a magnificent blackberry-pear concoction that is a bit too easy to drink... So two ciders in, and I felt productive enough to decide that rearranging the entire first floor to relocate my sewing room was a FINE idea, and proceeded to demo the necessary rooms before hitting the hay.
Saturday came far too early (5:30 am to be exact). Jackie-boy had a golf tournament and I wanted to practice on the racquetball court. I dropped him at the course, spent about an hour running around the court, then headed home to spend the next 4 hours on moving. Ugh. Exhausting, but worth it -- I'm delighted with my new space.
|I claim this dining room in the name of The Stitchery!|
Today was spent finishing up redecorating (after much sleeping in), doing some shopping, and generally puttering around. We spent a late afternoon/early dinner at Der Blokken (their moto is "woman owned, woman ruled, woman brewed" - that's damn fantastic), where the lovely Katie made me the most heavenly cocktail of chamomile tea, honey, and rosemary infused vodka. Sigh...
I do have two new projects cut out and ready to start sewing, but since I threw my poor sewing corner into complete disarray for the better part of 3 days, I don't have anything done yet. To that end, I have a couple of projects from last month to share - my very first and my most recent Flora dresses.
I already blogged about how much I love the Flora pattern in my Hera dress post. It's taken a back seat at the moment to the Anna dress, but I do plan on making this up again and again. It's such a special look, and I adore it. I have some 60" wide fabric earmarked to make it up with the pattern's skirt. But it is hard as hell to get away from circle skirts.
For my first go, I decided to toile the pattern up in a fabric that had been hanging out in my stash for several years (yep, I'm a fabric and pattern hoarder). I've been in love with the idea of an Alfred Shaheen dress for quite some time, but I've never been able to commit to a pattern. Flora seemed to strike an inspirational chord; my fabric was only 45" wide, but I had a ton of it, so the 5 gore circle skirt from Butterick 5882 seemed the ideal choice for a mid-century look.
|The Shaheen dress, floppy hat optional|
|The back is straight, my posture sucks|
The lining is tacked at the waist at the seams only. It's a technique used in the Gertie pattern, and I think it works great. The lining is hand-sewn at the zipper with my usual meticulous care and attention to detail.
|Frankenstein couldn't have done it better|
I came across this gorgeous fabric while wandering through Joann's Fabrics and decided then and there that it was destined to be another Flora.
At this point, I already had the Hera dress in the "done" pile, and was feeling pretty confident about the pattern. I had it cut out already, and it went together effortlessly in the space of one evening.
|The Vineyard dress, Bettie Page shoes and hair accessory from Dame Deville|
|Pattern matching? What's that?|
|let's jump into the wayback machine|
Again, I only lined the bodice, using a quilting cotton that I've had for probably 6 years. The lining is topstitched in place, which keeps the straps a bit more stable. The straps are lined in the same fabric as the dress, because I think it's a neater finish.
And, as usual, I used a regular zip and inserted it using an invisible zip technique.
|Cause I can, that's why|
|note to self...turn on your flash|
And there you have it. Two lovely Floras and a weekend wrap up. Tomorrow's Monday, kids, hope everyone is ready! I'm not, so I'm going to drink another cider and stare out the window at the glorious sunset.