I have been remiss in taking my time to return in here. And even though I have been busy and I have been having that tired ‘winter-is-coming-soon’-feeling – I really should have taken the time to return as it gives me so much more than I feel I am giving. Anything to forget that the weather lately is more like Fall than actual Summer.
It is like my running – it can feel unaccomplishable to wake up to a 12-13 mile run – but being out there in the nature, in my own little world, testing the day form of my legs to see what kind of run it’ll be… but always no matter what state my legs are in – the right frame of mind can and will bring me forward and coming back from a run will each and every time bring me a new revitalised energi I cannot find anywhere else…save from yoga…but still different – in it’s own way.
Well, having not been in here doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with ‘Project Get a hold of Your Fabric Addiction, Missie’. I have finished a few projects – as well as having started a few more…getting ready to lauch a side project under the Addiction-umbrella – corsets. But that I’ll get back to when I’m good and ready.
Again this is a pattern I’ve had lying around for years – I bought it beacause I have a soft spot for dresses with pockets – they are ever so lovely- and I just cannot get enough of them also the fact that it had a complete buttoned front fit exactly with the idea I had in my head.
I intended this pattern for a dress that should be light and light in colours as well – front opened, possibly without sleeves as my idea was that the dress could be combined with 19th century and a little simple cotton jersy or cotton top with cap sleeves.
However, as it often happens things never always goes quite as planned. I had some very nice linen in a rich dark navy blue which seemed perfect. So very soft – not too thin or thick – but thick and heavy enough as not to wrinkle as soon as you even just look at it. Also the cut of the skirt in combination with the added support in the sides from the pockets there is a very nice flow in the skirt. Love that.
I decided to keep the dress very basic – no flash and funny business at all. The pattern included lining which I decided against as I wanted a light summerdress. I turned the front facing to the outside for some added texture.
And the the usual alterations – shorten the skirt – always always necessary as I am only 5 ft. 2.5 – so I have to be careful and not do myself the disfavour of presenting myself even shorter than I really am by the wrong length of my skirt.
Also when working with Vogue patterns, I have to take in at the shoulders. Apparently Vogue women either have very wide shoulders or they are unnaturally huge fans of the 80’s shoulder-boosters. Well I am Not. So off they go. Lastly, take it in a bit at the waist as well as shorten the body by about half an inch. I’m just short all over I guess. And waist to bust difference is never quite right.
It is a great dress – very sailor like – so I do have to be a bit carefull when accessorizing it – otherwise it’ll go full blown sailor costumy in no time.
I’ll make the soft coloured version another time – this dress definitely deserves to be made more than once…
And now off to bed – I have a competition tomorrow – only a 6.25 mile run – but still – I need my rest. No point in doing the thing if not doing it right.