Gardner Lake Dress
This dress is named for a ‘Decomposition Book’ full of grid paper that I used as a journal for half of the past year. It has topographical maps on it of a place called Gardner Lake and Gardner is my surname, obviously I had to have it. The print has deer and cabins and these painterly Miyazaki-esque trees and I paid $5/yd for it at Walmart in Shallotte, NC and used 2.5 yds. I sewed this on the New Look A6243 pattern that I used for the Roses ‘n’ Cream Dress, but this time I lowered the top bodice line so that it was nearly straight across all around, traded the wider angled straps for thinner vertical straps, and sewed a box-pleated skirt instead of the gored skirt the original calls for, because the pattern on this fabric is horizontal. I sewed several inches down the front pleats at the core of each pleat, but on the sides and back they are only attached at the waistband, so the front looks tidy and the back has volume.
This pattern went faster than the first time I used it, predictably. It is THE pattern that I love right now. I am a fan of multiples—you figure out exactly what suits you best and make a lot of that optimised thing—so you will surely be seeing more of it. I take a lot of interest seeing the dresses that some sewing bloggers make over and over but when I go to look at the pattern drawing, or compare their figures to mine, thinking perhaps could I make this too and like it? The answer tends very much to be no. For now, my tastes remain criminally particular. How can I improve as a seamstress if all I want to make or wear—and this has been true since I started sewing age 14—is cotton dresses? What I would like to do next is find a pattern with a darted bodice and sleeves.
Someday I will look cheerful or not like a snob in my outfit photos, today is not that day! This is a byproduct of using my laptop tilted sideways on a stack of books on my windowsill as a tripod, an exasperating and not entirely flattering process.
These are probably the only flowers you will ever see on my blog. Enjoy.
If you don’t give me a bucket with at least three kinds of these flowers, you’ll be in troubles.
Oscars 2014 pizza moments.
THEY GOT THE FUCKING PIZZA OMG