There are times in life when even $1.91 is too dear to waste on something frivolous - good thing I don't consider 9.5 yards of woven, lamé, Christmas trim a frivolity. I'm sure people much smarter and more clever than I could have figured out myriad ways to employ the trim. To me, however, there was only one option - a Christmas squaw/patio dress. What better way to celebrate both the holiday and our temperate winter weather than Christmas on the patio?
|Even a tree going up in blaze isn't enough to faze Mary. What a trouper.|
p.s. My camera stinks. Any suggestions on a good, moderately priced replacement?
If you have never made a squaw dress, I recommend against it. It takes an unholy amount of ric rac to achieve the desired look which translates to hours spent in front of the trusty, old Bernina (which actually gave out halfway through) applying the dang blasted stuff! And then there are the gathers! $1.91 for the trim may not have been too dear but $100 for a proper gathering foot for the sewing machine was.
|I'm still having PTSD-induced nightmares about miles of gathers and ric rac!|
And then there is the fully-lined bodice in which one must sew a total of twenty darts - twelve of them at the elbows! The ELBOWS! Never able to leave well enough alone, I also made a matching belt with covered buckle.
It was a good excuse to use this vintage Jiffy Buckle.
Warning: 50+ year-old adhesive from an iron-on
"Magic Pattern" is best left "un-ironed-on."
Again, I leave it to much smarter/more clever people to just go out and buy ready-made clothing - especially when said clothing is for your crummy kid sister!!!
|The living room of our pals, Bobby and Amber, was the perfect backdrop for a photo of Mary in the new dress.|
It may not be red, green, and white - or even blue and silver - but it was fun to turn the traditional, tri-color, Christmas color story on its elfin ear. I honestly thought that Mary would receive a bit of good-natured ribbing at the unexpected color combination but everyone seemed to really like it! Did you make or assemble a cool holiday outfit?
|I only left myself enough time to clip on my vintage "Merry|
Xmas" colonel tie. Fortunately, I was in great company with
our pal, Dave, and his "Season's Greetings" neckwear.
Boy, oh boy, I have a lot of holiday themed posts that I wanted to do but I'm running out of time. Christmas is very much just around the corner. Here's wishing you and yours a very joy-filled holiday!