I went to Texas over the weekend to be with my family while my dad had surgery. There were complications, but he is now home from the hospital and hopefully on the mend. While I was there, I got to see my sister and brother and their respective children, which is always fun.
My sister is a scrapbooker and obsessed with photographs. She had an album out that she had rescued from my grandparents' house after my grandfather passed away. He and my grandmother had maintained albums for all the families (my dad has six(!) older sisters) and my sister made sure to get ours. I was looking through it and found a picture of my prom dress! I mentioned in my sewing backstory, part 2 that I made my prom dress but didn't have a photo of it. Here it is!
It's hard to see the details because of the way I'm standing, but you can pick out the sweetheart neckline and drop waist (and the fact that my poly satin needed a good pressing!).
I also got my mom to put on her outfit of the Knip Mode 04-2008-13 top and BWOF 10-2008-103 skirt so I could get a picture. Smash could not resist getting in on the action. Actually, it's just that nobody was petting her at that exact second and my mom was just standing around doing nothing (in Smash's mind) so Smash gave her a job.
Growing up I looked a lot like my dad, but as I get older I start looking like my mom--even my sister noticed this. Good thing she is cute. And she looked so good in her outfit! It was motivating to find more projects to make for her. It's difficult because she had thyroid surgery while she was pregnant with me and has a (very faint) scar at the base of her throat that she is self-conscious about, so she likes high necklines. We also share the same pear shaped figure with protruding tummy, which she is also self-conscious about. So there are very few patterns that fit her preferences and of those even fewer that fit my preferences (I want her to look cute, not frumpy!).
I finished BWOF 03-2009-104 but I find myself in a pocket situation. That show through is terrible, and renders the skirt unwearable.
**edit since I've already received two suggestions re: lining** The skirt is fully lined already. I *thought* I had dealt with the problem of sewing in white by lining the skirt, but obviously not. The lining is behind the pockets, and it is not possible to pull the pocket bags through to the back of the lining; I pinned together the yoke and the front to make the front lining one piece and I just don't think that cutting a hole in the lining is going to work.
I received a suggestion on flickr to use flesh colored fabric for the pocket bag. I don't have any flesh-tone woven but I do have some knit; I can look for woven if that will help. Is this the solution? I was thinking of replacing it with white batiste, but maybe that would still show through. I'm afraid my only real option is to cut away the pocket bag about an inch beyond the line and just stitch down to the pocket opening to make it a false pocket. I'm quite annoyed about this! Suggestions welcome.
And while I was in Texas I ended up at WalMart, my parents' favorite place to shop. I had to stop by their fabric department, since they still have one. The two fabrics on the left were $1.50/yd and will be used as knit linings. When I saw the knit print I was like, "Cute, it's kind of like Missoni." The bolt end said "Missoni knit," which I think is very dicey from an intellectual property standpoint. I don't think "Missoni" has become genericized like aspirin or elevator. However, regardless of legal issues involved in its name, I took all that was left on the bolt for $2.74/yard. I ended up with nearly 3 yards. I think I will make the Burda 7890/BWOF 11-2006-116 (Karen offered to loan me the issue) top for winter, and the rest into some sort of dress. Probably a summer one because I don't think that's enough fabric to make two long sleeved items.
Eleanor Lambert in Moscow
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