How are we feeling about threaded comments these days? And denim? How are we feeling about that? First off-- I know the pattern number I gave for that last dress (2591) does not look like the dress I made, but I assure you that it is, pockets and all. I should not have said anything about leaving out the zipper, because I like putting them in and anyone who can sew two straight lines can put in a zipper with little trouble. Do not fear them. All new commercial patterns will have detailed instructions on how to put them in, and there are photo step-outs all over the intranet (search for zipper tutorial and you should come up with some good ones). In fact, if you have a favourite zipper (any kind) tutorial-- would you link to it in the comments? That would be rad.
Threaded comments-- I'm pretty okay with them. They feel a lot more like a conversation than words floating into the air. I often read through my emails holding a baby and it goes something like this:
Amy says: "Very cute! I definitely like the shoulder coverage. I hate when my bra straps are sticking out. And may I also say, I hate when things are so low-cut that you have to wear a cami. It seems like everything is so low-cut now. End rant. Anyway, good good dress."
Meanwhile, I'm saying (often out loud), "I know, right?? Camisoles make everything so tricky and they ride up and I don't have time to coordinate TWO things. I'm tempted to say BRING BACK THE LEOTARD."
But of course, that never makes it onto the screen and worse, I don't get back through my emails when I'm two-handed to answer questions and respond properly. So, you know, if you know the answer to someone's query, go forth and answer them. Me and my self-talk-one-handedness thank you.
Okay, now denim... This is very lightweight, cotton denim I bought for 2 dollars/yard last summer. I made Sam some pants out of it and I washed and dried them twice weekly for a year before they started to rip through in the knees. This will get worn less frequently, and maybe I won't dry it very often. It also fades/bleeds a little, so I chose some thrifted poly/cotton for the pocket and shoulder tabs. The pattern is Simplicity 2995 and BY GOD, I think I've found my new uniform. It qualifies for several reasons: it has a whole list of variations but really only three pattern pieces for the basic dress. You can't get much easier than three pattern pieces. It's darted in the front and has a decent shape in the back (it looks particularly rockin' with a belt), and Paul said some very nice things about it and me when I tried it on. I'm working on another version which I will report and model on shortly. I has a completely different look. In other news-- Simplicity has come out with several patterns that actually contain B, C, and D cup alterations right on the pattern. HELLO. This is one more great step forward in making garment sewing more accessible for the beginning homesewer.
This weekend is ending up all right but it has had it's sucky moments. I'm going to try and put it all to bed this evening-- maybe pancakes? And Bob Newhart on Hulu? He's my new answer to MTM. Plus, he lives in Chicago which is where I'd like to be today. Natch.