|That blue thing is the bias tape that I'm using as facing|
in the place of a regular facing. The pattern I'm
using was missing any facing pieces.
This actually has a little bit to do with a book I just read. Well, "read" is a little too serious. It was more like, "skimmed some parts and read some parts admired the pretty pictures". The book, written in the 90s, is called Life, Loss, and What I Wore. I picked it up simply because I had a few minutes and I didn't want to be engrossed in something really good and burn the rhubarb sauce all over the stove (I did that anyway). This book is a very small memoir of a woman's life, as lived through her clothes. So, the story starts out with a dress that her mother made and wore in the 30s and moves through her life. Each page is a small anecdote and its facing page is an illustration of the dress. Each chapter is a decade and ends in the 90s, with the author's granddaughter playing dress-up in one of her old dresses. And there were some gorgeous vintage dresses mentioned. I especially loved the description and picture of the author's elegant 50s ball dress. Reading this description, this sounds like a charming and interesting read. And it was, to some extent. However, I didn't love it. The writing style sounded extremely dated (in a bad way), but it wasn't just that. It was extremely self-involved and navel-gazey. I found myself saying, "Oh please," more than once. So, I don't recommend this unless you just happen to own the book and haven't read it or you really want to know about it and get it from the library. It's not worth purchasing, in my humble opinion.
But back to my dress. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I love this era of pattern and I think it's going to be a very nice, practical dress. Here's the pattern, so you can see what the end product will look like. I'm doing the shorter version because, honestly, can't you just imagine tripping over that long skirt every time you walked?