Happy summer to those of you in the northern hemisphere! It seems that the warm weather is finally taking hold, and women wearing maxi dresses are flooding the steamy city streets, myself included. : ) If this new dress looks familiar, it’s because it’s nearly identical to my previous one. Let’s face it, this isn’t the first time I’m guilty of cranking out multiple garments from the same pattern. Ahem. : ) I know what I like, people!
What IS different, however, is that these photos were taken in the great outdoors (well, those steamy city streets to be exact) by someone other than myself. Shock! Gasp! I know, not what you expected on this ol’ blog, but I like to give my readers a nice surprise once in a while. If I’m going to show you identical twin dresses, the least I can do is give you some sunshine in the photos!
John was kind enough to snap these photos for me. We found a “good wall,” as they say, and here are the fruits of our labor. Many thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for tolerating my sewing
obsession addiction hobby, and always with a smile. : )
You can find all the details about this dress in my previous post, including how I modified the Renfrew pattern to include a lower scoop neck, angled sleeve bands, and a maxi skirt. This new dress is exactly the same as the first one, only the fabric has black stripes instead of gray. It’s even the same organic cotton/bamboo blend. I almost can’t believe I made two nearly identical dresses… almost. : ) They’re so ridiculously comfortable, and I feel great in them! Not to mention they’re so quick to sew.
Here I’m pulling some sort of ridiculous pose, no doubt trying to amuse the man behind the camera. One of my goals in life is to try to make John smile and roll his eyes as often as possible. If I do say so myself, I’m quite good at it. Ha. : )
All right folks, we’re back in my apartment now. Did you enjoy our little jaunt on the streets of Cambridge? I know I did!
Above you can see the neckband and sleeve bands a little more clearly. I didn’t take a close up of the stitching this time, but it’s exactly the same as last time. Nothing new to see here, moving right along!
Actually, that’s not *quite* true. The title of this post promised a hidden treasure, and who am I to disappoint? Picture this, my dear readers: This morning I was digging through one of my bottomless craft bins in search of my jewelry pliers to fix the yellow beaded necklace you see above. It had lost a bead last week, and I wanted to wear it today with my new dress. I found a paper bag containing what I thought were my pliers, but lo and behold, I stumbled upon this long-lost treasure:
SILK PINS! A beautiful unopened package of silk pins, buried in my craft bin for years and years. I had completely forgotten I had them. And if that weren’t enough…
THERE WERE FIVE PACKS! Oh my goodness, people, to say that I was delighted to find this hidden treasure this morning is quite an understatement. I mean, hello?? I have 1000 brand new silk pins!! I feel like I just hit the lottery. Yes, ok, they’re just pins, but isn’t it so exciting when you find something you completely forgot you had?
Not surprisingly, my overly organized former self had meticulously saved the receipt in the paper bag with the pins. It’s dated 2006, well before I started sewing, which means I must have purchased these for knitting. More specifically, I think (??) I had bought them for blocking my knitting on the carpet in my old apartment. Who knows why I bought so many, and why they’re all unused!
The Nimble Thimble was a cute little sewing shop in my old neighborhood in New York. It closed a few years after I bought these pins, but I did enjoy going there occasionally, even though I didn’t sew at the time. They carried all sorts of delightful crafty treasures. I wish the former owners well!
Now what am I going to do with all these silk pins?? Buy some SILK, perhaps?? Ooooh the excitement!
I’ll leave you with a selfie in my new dress and newly repaired necklace. If you enjoyed my (very rare) outdoor photos today, leave John a nice comment so I can convince him to be my photographer more often. : )