Well, thanks Aristotle and I’m here to tell you that, apparently, neither do zillions of swallows as the weather is still wet, thundery and generally rubbish and there are plenty of swallows around who probably wish they’d stayed where they were.
I even did the dressmaking equivalent of a rain dance (only for sun) by using fabric liberally scattered with swallows to make a summer dress.
This one –
……..but it didn’t work and we are still having the wettest weather – December through June to date – since records began (probably) but definitely since we moved here over thirteen years ago. If we have a rare hot, sunny day it ends up in a thunderstorm.
If it wasn’t for the lack of English pubs, bluebells, good Indian restaurants and the sense of humour, we might as well be back in the U.K. although they have been enjoying the warmest May since records began but I don’t begrudge them because nobody appreciates a bit of sun like the Brits.
Anyway, I have been busy inside making the Sew Over It 1940s Wrap Dress which I decided to make for Mlle. Tialys the Younger.
It has a few tricksy features such as the shawl collar on the bodice and pleated shoulders and there was quite a lot of hand finishing involved but…..
…….I have had an epiphany and found that the more challenging or involved a project, the more liable I am to concentrate on getting it right. The jersey ‘dress in an hour’ type projects are good for instant dressmaking therapy but, because they are simple and quick to do (especially on an overlocker/serger), I tend to plunge right in and steamroll through and that’s often when I make mistakes.
I’m not saying I didn’t make any mistakes on this project. The first time I sewed the skirt on to the waistband of the bodice, I didn’t match the right seams up and couldn’t work out why the wrap wasn’t wrapping in the way the designer intended. Still, you get my drift.
I’m very pleased with the way this fabric sewed up especially as it was around £3 per metre from an Ebay seller with some rather good bargains.
A close up of my lovely collar and pleats and set in sleeve because I’m so chuffed when I get things right and it makes a change from me pointing out my mistakes.
A back view because you need to look good when you’re walking away don’t you.
Here it is on a real life model, albeit headless, as I promised her she would be.
I’m definitely going to make one of these for myself – just got to fall in love with some fabric……….
and wait for the Summer to start.