Worth Checking Out

So friend-of-the-blog Robin is having an Etsy sale, and you should really check it out. Exhibit A:



Her whole shop is just amazing — Robin has exquisite taste. (Basically, anything she sends me goes ¬†STRAIGHT TO PINTEREST. She’s that good.)

Today's Pattern Story


Green: I don’t know ¬†… it’s hard to tell …

Yellow: Are you sure? The girl at the shop said that the neck vine for this dress should grow an inch an hour, but I think it’s still just as short as it was this morning.

Green: Well, it’s certainly wiggling, isn’t that a good sign?

Yellow: I knew I should have injected it deeper into my cervical vertebrae! I’m going to have to take it back and complain.

Great Dresses of Literature: Fabulous Nobodies

Because I am in a classical mood lately, I select a traditional red-on-white polka dot dress with shoestring straps and a built-in padded bra and waist cinched tightly with a big red elastic belt. The frock’s name is Gina — after Gina Lollobrigida, naturally — and she’s so tight little wrinkles of fabric form on my hips when I walk. But she’s got a great sense of humor, a wonderful Italian outlook on life. When you walk in Gina — in six-inch red high heels, of course — you get this urge to hum “Volare” and swing your handbag like mad. I love her so much.

from Fabulous Nobodies, by Lee Tulloch. If you haven’t read Fabulous Nobodies, you really, really should.

Cloudy with a chance of procrastination

Things have been busy around Dressadayland lately. Lots of work, lots going on … and after the massive 100 days of dresses blogamaradressathon, I was all set with a big list of other things I wanted to blog about again. I’ve got some cool books piled up to review, I have some plans for dress dataviz based on my kinda-mostly up-to-date Google Doc tracking the 100 dresses postings, and also some auxiliary pictures (I didn’t post any skirts, for instance, and there were several “hey show us your whole closet!” picture requests). So that thing where you have a lot of plans and they all seem kind of huge and where are you going to start and oh by the way your day job is super-busy and also you might be having some kind of RSI problem that means you have to cut down on some typing for a week or two? Yeah, that. That is what has happened.

BUT. Things have settled down ever-so-slightly, I am no longer having disturbing pins-and-needles sensations in both hands, AND I went to XOXOfest weekend before last in Portland, so I came back super-inspired to DO STUFF. (And, evidently, to use a lot of CAPS for EMPHASIS.)

I will post more about XOXO, which was awesome and amazing and all the other affectionate adjectives that begin with A, but I did want to share this dress I made specifically to wear at the conference, which is in Portland, Oregon. Have you ever seen fabric that is more perfectly location-matched?

rainy-day dress

This is a Frankenstein dress — the same combination of patterns as this dress. Here’s the bodice; I’m really digging these raglan sleeves:

rainy day dress bodice

Here’s the zipper, which, well, I’m very proud of. This one really worked:

rainy day dress zipper

And the back:

rainy day dress back

This fabric is from Superbuzzy — the gray colorway is gone, but they still have a (very cute) navy and white