The “Life Gets in the Way of Sewing” Dress
Fabric: Plaid gingham, pink eyelet ~$2 thrifted
Pattern: Simplicity 4474
Notions: Vintage zipper – $.05
Year: c. early 1960s
Time to complete: About 8 hours
First worn: September 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost – $2
While this plaid doesn’t exactly scream “Back to School,” it does scream “wedding in San Diego” — the actual purpose for this dress. Considering that San Francisco’s hottest days are around the corner, I figured that I could skip the heavy plaid for something a little more summery.
As with almost every challenge from the last six months, I started this dress at the eleventh hour. In this one’s case, the morning before I needed to catch my flight to San Diego. The only reason I was able to finish it was because my flight was delayed twice before I needed to leave the house. And even then, I had an unfinished bolero that needed more work in San Diego.
Now here is where I’m super proud of myself. Instead of giving up on the jacket, I used a $4 sewing kit to alter and hem the bolero. This includes the most tragic pair of scissors that were about three inches long.
I wish I had more to say about this week’s creation. Frankly, I just want to post something since I’ve been so absent lately. The truth is, while my life is really great right now, I have a ton on my plate. This includes selling my house, Penelope starting kindergarten, doing freelance projects and being in a relationship. Finding time to sew is kind of hard at this time in my life. But that’s okay! I’m not beating myself up because I know that I’m allow to take a break every once in a while. That’s my lesson to all of you: sew because you love it, not because you have to.
The big challenge is whether I’ll have my dress finished (or even started!) for The Gatsby Summer Afternoon on Sunday. I don’t even know what I’m making yet! Stay tuned…