Reaching New Depths


Modes Royale 154

Beth B. sent me this, from SoVintage Patterns. Now, THOSE are pockets, yes?

I'm pretty sure that they don't really go all the way to the hem, but are, instead, given a kind of apple.jpge-bed treatment. Right? Otherwise I see a LOT of things going through the wash that shouldn't go through the wash …

And I don't know about you, but I think those buttons are overkill. Giant pockets, center zipper, AND button trim? Girlfriend is trying a bit too hard. (Plus, I think she's only pretending to read. That book is too far away and I have a sneaking suspicion it's upside-down. It seems odd that all the lines would be right-justified …)

Oh, and thank you all SO much for your wonderful response to last week's charity drive kickoff! We're already nearly halfway to the goal of $1500 for Books Through Bars … and I forgot to mention the end date, which, this year, will be Epiphany. (Seemed appropriate, and if money's tight before the holidays, if gives you a little longer to donate …) A few folks have had trouble with the Network For Good widget interface, so I'm going to ask Books Through Bars if they have alternate avenues … Overseas/UK folks *can* use the widget (which asks for state/zip code) by putting their equivalent geographic locations/postal codes in those fields, btw. Don't forget to put "Dress A Day" in the "Dedication" field so that we can track the donations … to donate TODAY, click here. When you get your receipt, forward it to me, since one lucky donor have a character named after him or her in my forthcoming novel, "The Secret Lives of Dresses"!

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  1. This reminds me of an early Barbie-doll dress, but in a solid fabric, not stiped. Was it the one where she was a babysitter? Or am I just making that up????

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  2. I love overkill so I am infavor of the button trim. WHAT if the Pockets do go all the way to the hem? You’d need those buttons (to actually be buttons and not trim) to get to everything.)

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  3. Ah, I can tell you why her book is so far away.. She is farsighted, but vanity does not permit her to wear glasses so she must keep her book at arm’s length so that she is able to read it… Why, yes I am farsighted. And I wear glasses. Since age two. Before that it would have been pointless, as I was blind.

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  4. Ah, I can tell you why her book is so far away.. She is farsighted, but vanity does not permit her to wear glasses so she must keep her book at arm’s length so that she is able to read it… Why, yes I am farsighted. And I wear glasses. Since age two. Before that it would have been pointless, as I was blind.

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  5. To me, for some reason, those pockets look like doors. That lead to . . . Narnia, or The Unknown, or Honeydukes, or something. The buttons look like doorhandles. ALL GOOD.

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  6. It’s the Alice In Wonderland dress! Those pockets lead to a topsy turvy world where books are backwards and stripes are king. By the way, I LOVE the added overkill of the bias stripes…genius, I tell you. As Oscar Wilde would say, “Nothing succeeds like excess!”

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  7. for some reason, those pockets look like doors. That lead to . . . Narnia, or The Unknown, or Honeydukes, or something. I don’t mean to be vulgar, but the BACK of the dress looks sort of like some doorway, too. What is that “curtain” effect? And congratulations on your book!!! If only it were out now, it would make a great holiday present for a FEW people I know. Can’t wait to read it!

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  8. Off topic: I just ran across a contest that might be of interest:The Make it With Wool Contest, for which entrants make garments of wool fabric or yarns.Prizes/scholarships of up to $2000, but the contest ends in late January.

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  9. I love the pockets. She keeps her books in them.I used to have a coat (when I was a teen and lived on a farm) the pockets were the kind with a bag between the outside and the lining. The pocket fabric had perished and I could fit a book into the pocket opening and hide it in between the outside and the lining. then I could go settle myself in the hay barn and read (instead of cleaning the barn.)It wouldn’t work now…my bosoms would get in the way. 8~D

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  10. I like it! I like to bring magazines with me to …well, just about anywhere I can get away with looking at them. This would be perfect for stowing my mags and a lot less cumbersome than a messenger bag. I also think this would be great for a mom who picks up toys and stuff when cleaning. Fill the pockets and then dump ’em in the toy box. Congratulations on the book, Erin! I’m so excited to read it.

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  11. It looks to me like she just fell over while trying to reach to the bottom of one of her pockets while holding a book in her other hand. Being the lady that she is her face belies no pain or grimace with the stumble. She smiles demurely, laughing a little at herself, as she gracefully struggles to get back on her feet.

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  12. No, I like the buttons. Or, at least, I think the buttons could look awesome in the right context. In for a penny, in for a pound, after all.I’ve never heard short-sheeting called an “apple-pie bed” before. Learn something new every day.

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  13. Something about the stiffness of the skirts flair, as well as its stripiness, puts me in mind of this selvedge dress (which Im pretty sure youve featured here before): http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-selvedge-project.html Though youd have to lose the pockets using selvedges. Bulk would be unworkable.Yes, Id be tempted to go with buttons. Maybe these fabric-covered punctuation beauties: http://www.mjtrim.com/Catalog/Product/7/32053/32053.aspx! ? would add a pleasing sense of intrigue, yeah?

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