I like to take the path less travelled or the path that already has a 4 lane highway and a Stuckeys on it. Today that would be Mccalls 5974
and Burda 6919.
I have loved all the knit wear I’ve seen on other sewists, but I totally shy away from it. I just haven’t found the hem technique that makes it work for me. A few months ago, I bought out the fabricmart knit sale and now I have lots of knit staring at me in a judging manner. Damn, first the chiffon, now you, why are you all so hateful, textiles? So I finally got around to some dresses for fall. In the south, fall is the 3 days in October that you can open the car windows without puddling up. I celebrate it.
These dresses don’t really feel like the same sewist choices do they? Well, I was feeling like Patty Duke when I cut them out. You get me? I have the lyrics ready for you to sing along with me.
Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty’s only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights –
What a crazy pair!
But they’re cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.
Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control –
What a wild duet!
Still, they’re cousins,
Identical cousins and you’ll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike –
You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.
Earworm torture time:
Ok, now me. Just keep that theme on a loop and sing along, m’kay?
Now, Mccalls 5974 is becoming a very work friendly dress. I made 3 little changes.
1 – I liked the front to just meet and not wrap, I planned a pop of color with a camisole under to break up the cloying paisley overload.
2- I lengthened the sleeves to take it farther into the season, but didn’t have enough fabric to go full length.
3- I also narrowed my sashes a bit- again, not enough fabric- this pattern in the fuller skirt is a fabric hog. Soo-wee!
Scope my dandy hoof covers. MY brother gave me an Amazon gift card and now he can technically be blamed for these clompy treats that the husband hates. Oh, piss off- Patty would love them!
Burda Time: I love me some Burda. It makes me feel continental and worldy. Like reading Proust or saying ‘pension’. I looved the top of this, but hated the bottom. When I got the top set and started playing with those pleats at the waist, it got bulky and frumpy on Ms Holloway, so I knew that it was time to drop back and punt. I used the skirt back to make the front into a slimmer line and I think it’s better on me.
I am not sold on this. It fits closer to my gentle curves than I would care for and I am only Joan Holloway in my dreams. This is perfect not ready for a work appearance. When they talk about me in the cafeteria, let it be for my bad taste in prints, not sizing!
Ok,back into B&W mode- not a one of you deserved this, but here- it’s Patty gettin’ down!
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