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“You Must Really Like That Dress”

When in Montreal this spring, my aunt noted that I must really like this red and white tunic I made from the August 2008 issue of Burda. Yes, yes I do. I wear it on all vacations, every PR weekend I’ve ever attended and with regularity each summer. It’s one of the perils of making most of your own clothes. You have a smaller stable to wear and you wear the heck out o the things you like best.

After two years, I finally made another version for fall. This time from a black, brown and grey knit I picked up in Philadelphia with Trena and Karen last October. This time, I added the sleeve from the 9-2010-121 turtleneck I made last week and added four inches at the skirt hem so it was office appropriate. Hmmm. Still a hair short for work. But, whatev.

I made this on Friday evening in about two hours. It’s entirely constructed on my serger.

My favorite feature are the tucks along the front yoke. They are often lost in my busy prints. The gathers also make for quite the boobilicious dress. Trust. I’ve had many a man distracted when wearing.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like hemming knits, but I had the twin needle already set up for the leotard that I went ahead and did it anyway. I must say, Ann’s posts on knits from a few years ago really changed the way I worked with them.

Christina also got me to buy this roll of knit fusible interfacing (Portland or LA. I think Portland). I use it along the hems of my knits so they are nice and stable.

Clearly, I’ve gone knit crazy now that my serger is back. Last night I cut out two more knit tops and have two purchased tee shirts I plan on refashioning.

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I have no school spirit

My old college roommate has moved back to the area so her husband could take a football coaching job at our alma matter. She’s asked me to go to Maryland’s season opener with her tomorrow. Today, I asked about attire and she said, ‘jeans and a Maryland shirt.”

I don’t own a lick of College Park paraphernalia. I also didn’t attend a single game when I was in school there. But, our colors are red and white (and maybe yellow and black?).
Enter, the chain link tunic. I was working on this BWOF tunic #118 from the August 2008 edition in Panama and finished the hems at home with my twin stitch needle. Quite frankly, I was on the fence about even using this fabric until Lindsay T made up the most fabulous top from it.

I’ve styled it a few ways here because I want it to be a fall weekend dress but still get some wear out of it for work. I got the September Lucky and Vogue at the airport today and they all are doing skinny belts.

It was supremely easy and can be done in a matter of hours. The pattern is also the month’s lesson, so the directions are excellent. It makes my boobs look bigger, which ain’t all bad. I turtleneck is slouchy, so if you want more body you’ll need to interface it. I gathers are fun and if I were to remake, I would consider adding them to the back too.

Overall, not a bad pattern for an easy, transitional basic.

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In a post written Wednesday, we incorrectly attributed the best mango and brie tortilla recipe. It should have taken you to the newly engaged Melissa at FehrTrade. But, she mentioned “grill” and it never occurred to us that she could grill living on a boat. We are a little bougie that way. Miss Celie’s Pants regrets the error.