PATTERN: Yoke from McCall's M6022; skirt, pocket, and sleeves from Girly Style Wardrobe (Japanese), ISBN #978-4-579-11132-9
VIEW: C; M
FABRIC: Liberty Tana Lawn, from Mill End Store (note: Mill End doesn't usually carry Tana Lawn, but this was a random bolt, and priced at only $8.49/yard, so I don't know if it is actually a knock-off, or maybe they just don't know what they have?); eyelet beading from Fabric Depot; ribbon from stash.
My friend Pam and I were at the delightful little Pistils Nursery on Friday, and she bought me the most beautiful little plant for the forest-floor parkway. It's called Geum 'Marmalade' and it is just darling, and will look so pretty with all of the blues and periwinkly colors down there. I haven't planted it yet (the weather has been incredibly blustery here, so I'm keeping it on the porch until it gets a bit nicer), but I love it because it is a hardy perennial and will remind me of my friends' wonderful visit every spring when it comes up. What a brilliant present, don't you think?
That flower reminded me of this sweet forest-floor-parkway fabric I'd gotten a few weeks ago. I have always loved this print, and have small pieces of it in several different colorways in my stash. I saw the pattern for this dress made up in a similar kind of woodsy-ish floral fabric in Girly Style Wardrobe and have been wanting to make it for a while. (By the way, I purchase all of my Japanese craft books from Kinokuniya Bookstore in Beaverton, Oregon, and they will take special orders and ship if you have the ISBN number; just give them a call to get this book, or any others that I refer to.) The book's tangled web of pattern pieces finally stumped me with this one and I just couldn't figure out what they were doing with their yoke, so I used a commercial pattern piece I had for a very similar dress for that part, and it worked out fine. I didn't mark where I was supposed to put the pocket and just guessed, but it looks wrong so I think I should take that off and place it better. I think the top of it should be parallel to the yoke seamline when it is hanging. Whoopsie! I also wish that I'd placed the trim closer to the top of the pocket so that the little scallops were above the top. Oh well. If I'm feeling ambitious maybe I'll redo that.
There are so many not-as-fun-as-making-dresses things I should be doing! I have a big box of vintage patterns I haven't dared let myself dip into yet, as they are too wonderful and I'm afraid if I opened them I'd get so utterly distracted that absolutely nothing else would get done around here. I did manage to (grudgingly) clean up and organize my studio a little bit last week. This weather: blustery, cold, rainy, dark. Just around the corner, a great big tree fell over last night. It's so dark in the house right now at 8:30 a.m. that I think I need to start my fake fireplace and light some lamps. Remember when I was saying I was all happy about the rain? Yah. I'm over it. It's freezing!!!