Meet my new favorite dress.
OH DON’T BE COY SHOW US THE FRONT
I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself at the junction between Maxi Skirtland and Tank Top Turnpoint, there just wasn’t enough lane for Waist Line.
The trip was bad, yo. Probably because I left no time for rest stops. ALWAYS LEAVE TIME FOR REST STOPS.
I couldn’t abandon it though, because Ruggy kept commenting on how beautiful the print was. He saw a silver lining in my botched trip, because he wanted me to make something for myself anyway (I was initially draping this piece for someone else. Selfless sewing! My first wrong turn!).
Sadly, the new route I chose was a man repeller pattern. My bosum buddy Suzanne just happened to drop Vogue 1482 in my lap, an artsy ditty with lots of seaming and little pieces. Her note cautioned: One of those patterns your husband will hate but all your lady friends love…
But the note ALSO said: very cool construction, fyi.
I needed a good road map after all that botched traveling! And she was right, the construction IS really cool… but I only followed the directions for the front left pocket. UGH FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OONA! WHY DO YOU THINK YOU GET LOST SO MUCH?! Listen, I had to veer off course, mainly because I jigsawed the center back out of what I had, and cut it on the fold, losing two inches of width, and then had to account for the stretch of the jersey, and then add sleeves, and then remove sleeves, and then change the neckline, and then take it in to make it slightly more Ruggy friendly, and then shorten it to make it even more Ruggy friendly, and then dance around when I realized, in taking the scenic route, I had suddenly stumbled upon THAT DRESS that you can wear out to summer dinners, or wear in to winter affairs hosted in your blazing hot NY apartment.
In our 15 years of living in this apartment, I have one dress that can pull that kind of double duty. And I will stand en relevé in both of them, because when I’m happy I walk around on my tiptoes, and when I’m in my apartment I don’t wear shoes. Or when I’m driving, for that matter. Although I sit when I drive. But I digress.
(And when I dance around on my toes I make Ruggy laugh and forget that I’m wearing man repellant. So everybody wins.)
If you’d like to try your hand at some silk jersey, there are some beauties here waiting to hit the road with you!