Adapting the pattern I drafted for Mary's Halloween costume, I made a drop-waisted, boned bodice with princess seam lines. When Mary wore the dress to a Christmas party last weekend, I was flattered when a new friend complimented my decision to vary the direction of the stripes (vertical on the bodice, horizontal on the skirt). As much credit as I wanted to take for the clever design choice, I had to come clean that it was merely a byproduct of laziness. Vertical stripes on the bodice meant I didn't have to worry about matching stripes; horizontal stripes on the skirt meant I could use the full length of the yardage with only one seam at the back. The real question is, why is it so hard for me to just accept a simple compliment?
|If you follow Mr. Tiny on Instagram, you might remember this picture, a |
sneaky peek-y of the dress in progress. When a fabric I love comes in
multiple colorways, I will almost always buy them all. Having bought
this material in purple (project pending), red, and acid green, I thought
I could use the latter colors to add a whimsical hip corsage in the form
of holly and berries; when it came time to apply it to the dress, I just
couldn't make myself do it. Even the king of wacky tacky found the
size and scale of this appliqué a little too whimsical. Occasionally,
I am forced to admit that in some cases, simplicity really is best.
While a very-talented friend, and photographer, has graciously offered to take proper pictures of Mary in her new dress, I couldn't resist sharing a couple of photos of the Happy Holiday Frock in action before the big photo shoot. I figure that it is best to share a couple of "low-budge" images and give you a very honest sense of how regularly unprepared we are to take glamorous photos (the following were taken at two-thirty in the morning on the streets of Los Angeles using an iPhone) and how much we preferred enjoying the scintillating company of the amazing party to pretending we know what to do with a camera. The lighting and the resolution may both be low but the dress still sparkles!
"Happy Holiday" - Bing Crosby with The Music Maids (1942)