And away we go!

Hello Kittens! Thanks for the lovely comments on my new skirt. I’m so thrilled you all enjoyed our little challenge.

When last I left you, I was working on two dresses from the June 2009 BWOF. I’m done with the first sans the belt and will take photos outside soon. But I’ve only cut out and done interfacing on the kimono dress. Just thought I would show you what I’m doing to make it not be too PINK. For the sleeve bands, I’m using navy to break up the color (maybe with pink topstitching). For the obi. I’m using bias cut tie silk fabric for the main section and pink for the long straps. Hopefully, it won’t all look like an Easter egg exploded.

What I don’t love, is that you can see the facing in the unlined dress. Not a big fan.  But, don’t hate it enough to add lining 🙂

Tonight I’m heading to the big city of NYC for a family wedding. Trena is my date and we’ll be doing some light shopping on Friday. For the Sunday wedding, I may scandalize the West Indian congregants of the SDA church my parents got married in by showing my shoulders and wearing a spaghetti strap dress. I figure if I can’t wear what I want at 33, when can I? Talk to you again on Monday!


  1. You sure get some value out of the tie silk bundle from last year. 🙂 Have a nice trip!

  2. Scandalize away!! I remember back in the early 70’s my mother made a backless, halter style, one piece jumpsuit, and wore it to our church. The fact that it was extremely well made didn’t impress our conservative congregation though. I really don’t think you’ll have any issues! Have lots of fun!

  3. Can’t wait to see pics of you in your Burda dress. This one is on my list. Was it pretty straight forward to sew – I have never sewn a Burda before? I broke down and ordered the May and June issues.

  4. LOL, I remember attending a wedding in the very conservative Dutch Reformed town of Holland MI in the early 1970’s wearing an eyelet halter dress. Bare shoulders and bare back, and I think I scandalized every woman over 30 who was there. I had no idea at the time that it would cause such a sensation.
    Enjoy your weekend. And really, if the bride and groom combo is scandalizing enough, what’s a spaghetti strap going to add to the mix?

    • I know what you mean, Marji, as I belong to a Dutch Reformed church. Times have changed, however, and we wear spaghetti straps, shorts and flip flops to church now.

  5. Oh man, I wish you already had pics of the 107 dress on you because I just traced it and am considering a marathon sewing event tonight so I can wear it on Friday.

    When I went to a wedding in a Catholic church a couple weeks ago, I wore that 2/09 BWOF dress that has a v-neck in the back. I brought a shawl so I could cover up, thinking the low cut would be inappropriate. Then here comes a bunch of 20-something female guests, the bridesmaids, and the bride herself all wearing strapless dresses! I go to church so infrequently that apparently I have no clue what the norms are anymore…

  6. I’m laughing because not half an hour ago, I had exact same convo with myself in a shop as I was buying a FAB purple maxi dress – must be that when we turn 33 we decide enough is enough !! Am thinking I might buy the burda mag ….mmmm

  7. I can’t wait to see those dresses on you! As for the church thing, I’m reminded of my step-grandmother’s words to me nearly every Sunday: “Is that the best you can do for God?” Be a rebel, wear what you want!

  8. Sorry Cidell, but you simply can’t wear what you want at 33, not to an SDA church and not an SDA church stocked chock full of West Indians/rightly known as Peoples of the Caribbean (LOL). You’ll need to have your fancy dress and hat thing going! Don’t forget the pictures!!!!

  9. Scandalous? Too funny. Wear a shawl if it gets to be too much. And for pity’s sake, do what you want. You’ve earned it, regardless of your age!

  10. Ok, now I want to know more about the bride and groom…..

    And how about a vodcast of your Friday adventures? That would be fun (for us). Enjoy NYC!

  11. Have fun at the wedding! I just came back from NYC, and while there, managed to find a great fabric for the same Burda dress (the top photo). I’m looking forward to making it — yours looks really good!

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