I just returned from a yoga class, much needed, with all the holidays and the celebrations, I haven’t been to class in a month, and sitting all day at the computer and the sewing machine is taking its toll. I feel three inches taller and my posture is so much more upright after a workout. Sadly the roads are treacherous. We are in the middle of an ice storm. My daughter is overjoyed as there is a two hour delay tomorrow morning for school.
Meanwhile, our weaver’s guild meeting is tomorrow night, and my daughter and I are both down for bringing snacks to the meeting. She jumped on that and is in the middle of making ginger molasses cookies, and spent all day Sunday making 8 more batches of her flavored hard candy. You can read about the original adventure in the blog titled ‘Making Candy’, December 21st. She lined up all the flavors, and this time, rum was among them, along with coconut (which oddly enough is my favorite), and she worked all afternoon. She needed something to put them in to take them to the guild meeting, so last night, she rescaled the pattern for the box she made, (see blog from December 19, Snow Day) and made a huge container, lined with plastic, to hold her 20 pounds of candy. The tie dyed cotton was a sample I did in a pre-conference class at Convergence with Irene Munroe, once my daughter spied it in my stash, there was no other fabric suitable for this box…
And now for the update on Project 4. I went ahead and drafted a pattern based on the muslin I draped on the form. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be with all the pinning and the gathering and the pleating. I just transferred all the marks with chalk, and then opened the muslin out flat, and worked a pattern off of it. I cut the pattern out of a new piece of fabric, and sewed it up to check the engineering and the fit. I didn’t put a zipper in the back, just had my daughter pin me into it, and I love the dress. I just have to see if I will be able to get the patterns out of the fabric, and have it match reasonably well across the front and back. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I am heading in NYC on Thursday night, weather permitting for an opening of a show titled ‘Economies of Scale’ at the Phoenix Gallery down in Chelsea. I have work in a miniatures show there, sponsored by the Textile Study Group of NY. You can read more about the show and see images of the two post card size pieces I have in the show, under events over in the boxes on the right. If you are in the NYC area, the show is up through the month of January.
I think you’ve nailed it. I like the wider neckline–it gives the impression of cap sleeves, and also contributes to the hourglass curves of the dress.
Is Bri the model?
Actually, my daughter Bri, who has modeled much of my work for the last couple of years, wouldn’t fit in this dress. So, I’m happy to say, the model is me! (don’t you just love the socks!) Bri took the photo…