oona does it!: out of arkansas
juliet, that crazy gypsy, is headed on vacay and had a parting query:
in a few months I’ll be in South Africa on holiday and I’ll be there for my birthday. I’ll be dropping heavy hints for a party in a game reserve, you could be my perfect inspiration. Think you could come up with a totally awesome birthday dress, fit for a game reserve, with online sourced fabric (so little old me in NZ can copy)??
we’re on holiday ourselves at the moment, which gave ruggy cause to wonder aloud, can’t oona take christmas off? feh. as soon as i fed him the keywords: safari, game reserve, africa, his eyes grew wide and we were of one mind. i had to go the meryl streep route. a big sweeping skirt, leather boots, cinched belt and blazer.
but, juliet, it’s your birthday in this scenario, yes? that means meryl goes party frock. put that lassie in a strapless, please. let’s use cynthia rowley’s simplicity 2250, just add some length to it. eighty six the gathers, pleat the skirt. give her pockets for prizes (or, you know, leopard spray, if such a thing exists), and swath her in fancy mosquito netting (lovely crochet knit mesh lacey stuff, an approximation to be had here. who knew hancocks had cornered the market on this stuff). for kicks, how ’bout a polyester khaki lining— listen here, chap, is that the birthday girl’s birthday SUIT, or have i had too much whiskey?
i made that sound pretty easy, yes? you should have seen me ripping out the side seams when the pockets ended up at knee and calf. or bribing mama ruggy into running out to grab a zipper for me on a lazy sunday. and speaking of too much whiskey, juliet! careful on that ambrosia should you choose to go completely ditto. the bodice has twelve darts and two pleats, and though the instructions are stellar, those darts had to be marked on crochet knit. Not. Easy. (so not easy, i gave up marking when it came time for the skirt. hence the drunken pockets.)
so, crochet knit: i would strongly suggest underlining it and marking the underlining. i suggested it to myself right at minute 29 but did not listen. HEY ME: don’t tell me what to do.
y’all, however, are very much allowed to tell me what to do. if it weren’t for your challenges, half the stuff in my closet would be UFOs…
happy birthday in advance juliet!