Or how Carolyn made me come to Jesus. Carolyn and I were trading emails today about work wardrobes. I told her that the nude dress she made in recent months was a light bulb moment for me in sewing. Here I was trying all these patterns with some sort of bling in the details. Remember my first Burda pattern, the skirt with the drape pleat? How about my attempt at the Knip Mode skirt (or what Thea called my Crazy Skirt)? And then Carolyn sews this simple yet elegant and beautiful nude dress. She looked fantastic, svelte, and so classy. And oh so perfect for the environment in which we both work, finance. It was then that I realized I was on the wrong track. I was being mesmerized by kitschy details when I should be learning how to sew simple and classic things that will work with my real life.
Then we met up for a fabric lunch at Kashi’s (Metro Textiles) to meet the fabulous Eugenia of Eugenia’s (Fabulous) World of Fashion. Eugenia is a lovely fellow sewist whose sewing pursuits I have read about for quite a while now. It was such a treat to meet her since she lives in London, and really, how often does one get to London? And then a random woman in the store stopped Carolyn (who was wearing her amazing red dress with the racing stripe today!) and it was Opal of Opal’s Passions. Now I confess, I hadn’t yet come across her blog before, but I am definitely putting it on my google reader list now! She was wearing that amazing McCalls dress that everyone’s been making lately, M6069. Now I have to make it too!!!
Here’s one picture, courtesy of Carolyn, documenting our visit (Carolyn is not pictured as she was the one who took the picture. DUH!). And yes, apparently I do look that dumpy in person. Sheesh. Never wearing that suit again, I can tell you.
The lunch was too short but it was fun. And productive! Although I didn’t buy a stitch of fabric (shocking I know!), I left there having been “come to Jesus-ed” by the best of them, Carolyn. She asked me why I haven’t made any woven dresses and I told her I was scared of fitting them. And then they all ganged up on me and told me I should get over it and start working on some dresses. Carolyn and Opal pointed out the obvious that when you make a dress, you have a complete outfit; there’s no need for any other item. Whereas, if you make a skirt, you have to make a top to go with it.
Well, I came home all fired up. I went through all my copious patterns and narrowed it down to three contenders, B5147, B5314, and V8146.
I’d do a poll, but I am already leaning towards B5147 right now. I think it has all the features I’m looking for: darts for fitting, open collar, but not too daring, and simplicity (the fabric will shine here). Understated elegance. And the bonus??? IT’S A LINED PATTERN!!!! I don’t have to “figure” crap out. Love. That!
I have some more news, but that will have to wait for another post. Hahaha! I’m such a tease.
Happy sewing everyone! I am about to enter the muslin zone.