I might be just a little bit late with this summary. That's how January works around here; February, March and April aren't much better.
After I helped my daughter with her business attire during Christmas week, I felt inspired, so I hauled out the last pieces of stretch velour which I bought about 18 months ago. First up was a sleeveless princess seamed dress with a matching jacket.
Sleeveless dresses for the dead of winter seem completely wrong on many levels. But, trust me, there is nothing better than removable sleeves when you're working in the kitchen. Your sleeves can never slide down into the dish water, they never end up covered in flour or other ingredients....you get the idea.
Then I made a cami out of the remaining fabric. I have some skirts with exactly that shade of blue in them, so it will be great. Plus, I get two long sleeved looks out of the same jacket. I think it's brilliant.
Then the relative from Denver called. She needed a dress to wear to a dinner with her husband, and was counting on me to dig her out of her dilemma. *sigh* After a week of thinking, I decided that a V1250 (last summer's hot pattern) might just work in the stretch velour. So I took out the last of my sapphire blue to make one for myself as a test. It was perfect.
The gift dress was in maroon velour. I had bought her a pair of cordovan colored shoes, so I sent those along with the dress, supplying her with a complete outfit in a box.
She was thrilled. Her hubby was thrilled. Several people wanted to know where she got her dress. She told some that she got it in Philadelphia at Thanksgiving time, others she told a relative had made it for her (one wanted to know if the relative sewed for hire: No!). I'm glad she was happy.
But that used up all of my sewing energy. Sewing for others is stressful, especially when they're requesting it, instead of it being a complete surprise. So, in the last 3 weeks, I managed to lay out a 3.5 yard piece of fabric. This is as far as I've gotten in 3 weeks:
Maybe by confessing, I'll actually make another sleeveless dress, top and jacket, instead of staring unhappily at the pieces.
Or maybe I'll just read a good book or 3.
Happy Weekending, everyone!