Darn that Dirndl

Well, I made it, and I wore it, successfully…

…but only just. This turned into a chore and I was cursing and growling the whole time.

The frilly blouse was from an op shop and saved me having to make one. For the dirndl itself I modified Vogue 8413 (I’ve made it twice before, here and here) since all I needed was a simple princess line for the bodice. Put a zip in the front, piped all the edges, attached some metal do-hickies to make the lacing, bunged on a gathered skirt and made an apron. Sounds simple. Took FOREVER and all the while me spitting bile and resentment. You know when you’ve lost the love for a project? Usually I abandon them at that point but in this case, abandoment would mean nudity at the German-themed party, or, even worse, lame uncostumedness.

So I’m abstaining from making things for a week. Not constructing, sewing, planning, cutting, crocheting, darning, pinning a single thing. I figure by the end of the forced separation I’ll be ready to kiss and make up.

In happier news, I made the dress that went with the grey bolero from this pattern: and it is a corker. I’ll post it once I take some pics.

I love the suburbs

I was out east today for work and since it causes me physical pain to pass an op shop without stopping in, I thought, look, spare yourself the agony and go have a poke around. It’ll be fine.

And fine it was. I already have Reader’s Digest but two won’t hurt (one in each room of the house, I say!) plus this one was $2.50. And never, ever used – still with the RD order form within. Then there was a cute 70s striped floral and a 40s seersucker with a nice nanna pattern of violets. Anyone know proper name of this fabric? Very fine, sheer seersucker? Perhaps it’s a bit later – 1950s? Enough here for a short-sleeved shirt.