So I finished my dress at 2am Thursday evening/Friday morning and was so excited about it that I couldn’t get to sleep until 3am. I manically sewed from 8:20pm until 2am. There were no breaks. There was no TV or computer. (ok, maybe I checked my email a couple of times, but honestly I was a slave to this dress)
I wore it to work and everyone there loved it.
And then I wore it out to lunch with fellow sewist Trena and her entourage, Peter, Mikhaela, and Clio. It was a cold and blustery day, but I was determined to wear my trench coat and dress. I froze my assets off but it was worth it. Fashion is always worth it.
Then we attacked the garment district with a vengeance. Everywhere we went, people snapped our pictures. Ok, it was really Peter, but we felt special nonetheless. We started out at Paron’s. As I had just been there a couple of weekends ago with Karen, I did not purchase anything there. Next we strolled over to SIL Thread. Boy do they have a lot of thread and lots of other notions. I snared myself some snaps and paint for Thor’s camp shirt.
Then we ambled over to Spandex House. As usual I was blinded by the dayglo selection of the performance fabrics. But I did walk out of there with this cute brown print. I loves me some prints, I sure do.
Next on the agenda was the fabric extravaganza known as Kashi of Metro Textiles. I raided Kashi’s remnant bin and snagged some choice fabrics. The silk charmeuse will be a new scarf for Jack’s nanny. Her birthday is this weekend. The pink pique seems perfect for a little girl, as does the floral cotton voile. The fuschia print will be another addition to the work wardrobe.
My main purchase at Kashi’s were 3 yds of the black with pink/gray floral knit. This will finally be the fabric for the DVF wrap dress I’ve been dying to make, V8379.
After I had already paid for my loot, I fell for one of Trena’s purchases, a cherry red stretch twill. Every woman needs a red pencil skirt in her wardrobe, right?
It was a fun day of shopping and walking around in my fabulous new dress. Trena and I finished off the day with a great dinner at a super delicious Indian restaurant in my hood. I was stuffed. We forgot to take pictures, but I think there are enough pictures out in the blogosphere documenting the day already.
I asked my sister to snap a couple more pictures of my dress today. I hope you won’t mind indulging me. This is my third rendition of Simplicity 3678. You might recall I was going to use view B’s three quarter length sleeves. Yeah, well, I remembered that after I cut out the short sleeves. Instead of gathering, I used pleats on the front of the dress. And apparently I did not use the modified back skirt pattern as I needed to add an inverted pleat on the back too in order to match the length of the back empire waist band. But despite these glitches (and nearly serging off a piece of the midriff band), I really like my dress. I love the print and color palette. Of course, as I am wont to do, I am second guessing my pattern placement with the border print, but what’s done is done. I still can’t believe I sewed it all in one night.
Anyway, I had a great time seeing Trena again and meeting up with her entourage. Very fun day!
Happy sewing everyone!