In my constant pursuit of clothing that fits my fascinating lifestyle of work, television viewing, sniping and planning Disney trips, I have revisited the tunic zone. Lord know I hate having to suck in and these are so perfect for the lazy abdomen’d!Mr B and I drove into Greenville on saturday to take in some culcha’. Ok, no. We drove in so he could gorge on paneer and goat briahni. We happened to see a sign for an art exhibit on Russian Icons and Faberge. The above was not from it. No pictures in the icon exhibit, I totally understand- this park was much more photo accomodating….. **Camera tip- you don’t need a flash if you have these legs** You know, when I think William Morris textiles, I think……algae green cheetah! Yes, I think somewhere in a well-tended crypt area, William Morris is doing some serious sit and spins inside at the idea of combining one of his textile prints- lovingly recreated in quilty cotton and paired with a cheetah spot print. But by the power of greyskull, it works! Ok, it works for me.Now about this pattern- are you tilting your head and saying, ‘Lisette?’ it looks totally in that wheelhouse. Where I should have stayed. The yoke on this is lovely in theory, but I found the attaching to be so annoying that I ended up putting the dress on Twiggy, building the collar and then sandwiching the dress into it and then top stitching it together.
Yes, I feel dirty! I know it was a horrible technique! I know that there are artisan nuns wailing in horror, but I got a wearable dress and it has no exposed edges on that yoke. Other than adding french seams to the shoulders and side seams, I kept to the straight and narrow directions-wise. Oh, I left off the front patch pockets. It was starting to get a geriatric toddler housedress look. My penchant for ballet flats and disney jewelry can get a little silly quickly if I add too much festoonage- so I avoid matching bonnets no matter how much extra fabric I may have! No ma’am. I have standards. make sure that all of my foolishness is age appropriate. Ahem…whatever.photo credits: meadhawg, pattern review. Sculpture is Aria by Michael Jacobsen, 2007