Here's the pattern envelope:
I first saw this pattern at the American Sewing Expo last year, during the Simplicity Fashion Show. So yes, I saw the actual red dress on the envelope, walking down the runway!! Ok, maybe that wasn't worthy of two exclamation points, but it was pretty fun, especially as New Look/Simplicity and I are BFFs. Then I saw Shannon from MushyWear make it, and then Kristy from Lower Your Presser Foot made it and said it's swayback friendly--NO swayback adjustment needed. Woo-hoo!!
I put in my second invisible zipper ever, not too bad. However, somehow this one is making like a hump on my upper back. I'm hoping when I put in sleeves, it might mitigate some of that. But here you can also see the lovely pleat/tucks/whatever you want to call them.
The back so far--the hem is haphazardly pinned up
Here's a closer view of the collar. I haven't put the collar facings in yet.
The fabric has been fermenting in my stash; it's from Joann's and is synthetic and has stretch WITH the grain, and sort of looks like denim.
Here's what it looked like as a 14:
A bit too big. I sewed it down to what I think is a 12, which is all the other pix in this post, which is probably too tight in the hip. I'm probably going to grade it out to a 14 at the hips and downward.
What it needs:
- sleeve cuffs
- neck facings
- fit fixed hip downward
- somehow fix that weirdy hump on my back?
- open up the back vent
- hook and eye half way up collar in the back
Here's some food I made Monday night! Lemon chicken orzo again
Summer vegetable soup. It looks weird (to me) but it tastes great! It has fresh corn, chicken, onion, tomatoes, zucchini, red pepper and milk in chicken stock. It's from The Food You Crave.
Are you craving it?
Oh, I already got guacamole on my new Vogue 1247 but it came right out in the wash today. The fabric washed up beautifully.
Here are some gladiolas from the Princeton Farmer's Market:
I'm feeling pretty good. Numbness/weird feeling comes and goes. It was on the right side briefly Thurs night this week but switched back to left side. I don't know what's up with that but I'm able to do everything I want to do even if it feels weird. Back pain has been 0 many days or just slight discomfort. YEAH!
Hope you are all healthy-healthy-healthy! Be well!