Money is not something that happens across my path very often, I buy things usually when I need them and sometimes not even then (my leaky shoes x 2 are testament to this). I rarely get to treat myself and don't often get birthday money as I'm relatively easy to buy for, but this year I have been spoiled with more birthday/Christmas money than I have ever had. Of course now I don't know what to do with it!
I have though, just made the first purchase, treating myself to a lovely shirtwaist dress pattern. I see it becoming a real staple as my mind is buzzing with variations and if there's something I need, it's dresses. It can be made up in lightweight wool too, so it would be good for colder months. I'm not sure about the variation with the tie at the moment, but we'll see. And what's wrong with the brunette on the left at the top, she looks, well, deranged (or demonic), maybe the dress pattern sent her mad.
I have a gorgeous jacket pattern in mind too. I'm hoping I will be able to manage it, after all I managed my Victorian dress without too many tears and tantrums, but I have heard tales about Vogue patterns.
I was even toying with the idea of a make a month in 2013, or maybe that's a bit ambitious. I have some lovely patterns already in my possession, including this one .. I thought it would work out cheaper making such night attire than buying it, but totting up the fabric amounts needed, I think I was wrong. Oops. But I really need nightwear and this is so pretty.
I also want to give this another go, as I have an idea to make it more wearable, as the underskirt seen at the front is awfully skimpy and one gust of wind and the world sees your flimsies. I am very partial to gingham but more partial to polka dots but also love the monochrome version shown here.
I also want to make this in navy with white polka dots
And this would be nice too .. just the dress mind you, not the coat as well. I do sense I would have problems with the bodice as I always do.
And I will master the original Frankendress, as it's so pretty but I have tried it twice and have experienced problems .. I need to make the bodice longer, I think that's my problem. Actually I know it's the problem.
That does make twelve, so maybe I'm all set. I do of course have my new book 'Sewing For Dummies' which is invaluable for someone like me, whose preferred sewing method is a variation on Eddie Izzard's speed archaeology.
"I shall finish this in AN HOUR! Who needs instructions? Instructions are for the weak!"
and then I'm lumbered with a dress with every conceivable problem and one that likely should have taken a couple of hours to complete and as night falls I am hunched over the sewing machine with mad eyes growling at anyone who comes near.
Slow down, tortoise sewing, not hare sewing.