Do you ever feel as though you were born to live in a certain decade of your life?
I found my youth hard. I was too ‘fat’, I loved make-up despite the fact that my 20s were lived through the Britpop era when women were expected to be lads. My writing was gauche and immature.
But I loved to write. I vividly remember the evenings I would sit on my bedroom floor, with an electronic typewriter, hammering out letters to friends who rarely responded. It didn’t matter. I took huge comfort from the fact that Carol Shields only began writing novels at the age of 50. 50! Could anyone imagine being that old and still able to write?
And so it is no small irony that The Little Book of Sewing is published in my 49th year and I find that my sewing empowers the woman I am today. If only we knew back then what we know now.
Life will be fine, little acorn. More than fine. You’ll wear some fancy dresses, too.
Want to draw attention away from your white legs? Wear even whiter tights!
I made this dress after seeing SewManju’s tunic version. To die for? I think so! I chose to make the dress in a claret, as red suits my colouring.
Look at those sleeves and barrel cuffs! And that faux wrap bodice! None of this is difficult, though you may find yourself adjusting the pattern to suit your personal aesthetic. For the record, I:
- Shortened the sleeves by 1.5 inches
- Shortened the cuff by 4 inches and took 2 inches off their width. I still ended up turning up those cuffs and catching them in place with a few hand stitches
- Shortened the belt by 6 inches
I widened the waist to accommodate my thick torso, but then ended up taking it in again.
Other than that, this baby was made straight out of the pattern envelope.
I added interfacing at the skirt hem for stability and hand stitched, so that there was no obvious seam line.
Do you think I should wear this dress for The Little Book of Sewing book launch? I have to say, I’m tempted…