April 18, 2007

Black Dress Update

URG! I mistakenly chose the WORST fabric to make this dress out of. It's fraying like mad, and melts if I come near it with the iron. With a better fabric, though I think it would make a very cute dress.

So....for anyone else attempting Simplicity 3877 - chose your fabric wisely, I recommend a medium weight cotton with a little stretch, with no obvious nap. The pattern is pretty simple with the exception of the sleeves - I need to learn what EASE means, the sleeves went in okay, but only because the fabric has some give. Also - the pattern doesn't really give you options about the seams, unless you have a serger - you have to roll hem them, or cover them with bias tape? Or use a no-fray fabric?

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I love this image. I love this image. This is what I want my life to look like.

(from the Wallpaper* EcoEdit website. I don't know who created these images, but they're wonderful)

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April 3, 2007

Green Patina, Elliott and Steve

I took this photo of this house I sometimes pass on Centre Street in JP on my way home from work because of it's gorgeous green...patina? stain? It was a gray day, and I keep meaning to take more shots of it at sunset when it looks the richest, it's almost iridescent when the sunlight hits it.

So while I was uploading the photo I remembered this completely serendipitous photo of my cat Elliott with Steve Martin looking over her shoulder and a banana shape coming out of her head - too bad she looks so serious.

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The Black Death (Dress)

So far I have most of the bodice completed and it fits! - though I'm worried about how high waisted it seems at this point, plus the fact that my fabric is thin and puckers easily, and my sewing machine no longer has a tension adjustment. Anyway, the pattern instructions are clearer than first thought, and I'm fairly confident that I can get it done on time.

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