Dinner Party and Easy Gifts

Thank you for the comments on my new dress! I am flattered beyond belief! It was a huge hit at the party and my mom has already called to place an order, lol.

First, I want to show you a quick and easy gift. When I first met the cop, he asked me to make him ‘pocket squares‘. Turns out these are just handkerchiefs. He wears a suit everyday and prefers the cotton pocket squares as they are less froufrou. They are obscenely overpriced, especially if you go designer like Burberry.

For silk, I’ve made them about 17 or 18 inches. Cotton I like them smaller as they can be a tad bulkier. This one measures 13 inches. Now that I’m actually paying some attention to men’s clothes, I have to recommend this blog, A Suitable Wardrobe.

Pocket squares provide a nice punch of color and are a great way to use up 1/8 to 1/4 yard of fabric. I did ask him to put on a shirt and tie for this photoshoot and he pointed out it was 90 degrees and the jacket is wool. Soooo, we’re just going to have to go with a hanger shot.

For these, I just stitch 1/8 inch around the perimeter. I then use that as a guide to turn and press the edges and sew it up on the machine. A handrolled hem is super elegant and pretty. But, I don’t handsew for anyone.

Gigi mentioned that she could see herself hosting a dinner party in Friday’s maxi dress. Which is just what I did last night. When the cop came by he made a comment about it being groundhog’s day.

I have to recommend a wok for your grill. I have one from Weber that fits perfectly in the kettle of my charcoal grill. I’ve seen them at Crate and Barrel. But, if you have a CB outlet nearby, go there. Mine was $24 vs $44.

We did Thai noodles with beef and spinach. It’s a lot of individual ingredients, but takes about 10 minutes to cook. I don’t have central air, so I’m all about keeping the heat outside in the summer.

A one dish meal. And it’s healthy too. Hardly any oil and five cups of spinach to boot.

A content guest

For dessert I made a strawberry cream cake from Cooks Illustrated. Which is also what I ate for breakfast. And likely it will also be a part of lunch.

And now I’m off to work on my UFO Patrones skirts.