For the past there years I have attended the Jennifer Weiner book readings at the Princeton Public Library. She is a hoot, never disappoints.
This year the deal was, if you wore a vest, you got your choice of a "I read Jennifer Weiner" tote or beach towel. (Why, you ask? Well, she explains why here and here.)
Due to traffic she arrived half an hour late, so I had to book it out of there midway through her visit to get back to a work meeting. I tweeted that I was sad to miss the bag. Well, through replies from Jennifer and from the Princeton Public Library, Jennifer's assistant mailed me the bag! I am thrilled SO thrilled!!!
So here's a recreation of what I wore that day.
I sewed the vest (Simplicity 2633--one of the Project Runway patterns) waaaay back in 2009, wore it once, never wore it again....Little did I know then, it was fated to be the Jennifer Weiner vest!! So from now on it is known as the Vest. It is another fun case study to look at something I sewed 3 years ago and think how I sew it differently today. (i.e. closing it with a snap and sewing the button on the front...for starters).
I sewed the skirt, New Look 6843, 3 weeks ago. The Vest and skirt go very well together.
Even my dressform loves the bag. I tweeted this to Jennifer and she retweeted and said my dressform has taste. Awwww! My brush with a celebrity!
The bag is really high quality too! The interior edges are finished with a Hong Kong finish (have to look that up to verify that's the right term) and the bag is super sturdy. I have used it a few times already.
I have finally read two Jennifer Weiner books I bought ages ago but never cracked open--her novel Little Earthquakes, and her collection of short stories The Guy Not Taken (one of the stories, Swim, is the basis for her new novel The Next Best Thing). And I finally started the Next Vest, er, Best Thing this morning. Yay!
In other news, I bought MORE black eyed susans this morning to plant. My car was bursting with happiness, front and back!!
I decided that today would be a great day to get my hair trimmed and straightened. And then it started raining while I was at the salon. Let's see how long this lasts for! I'm in New Look 6071, my favorite dress I've ever sewn.
My hair is getting long! I plan to keep growing it out for at least another year or two.
Tonight my straight hair and I will spend some quality time with my serger video. I'm going to try rethreading it from scratch (not knotting it and pulling the knots through) with MaxiLock thread. There's another online chat tmw night for the serger class so I need to keep on making progress.
And what are you up to this evening?