Sunday, October 29, 2017

Missing for seven months, but back at last…and revisiting a favorite, the Burda 124 July 2011 kimono pattern

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HELLO OUT THERE?…..
There are two reasons I haven't blogged much in the last seven months with many apologies to the handful of subscribers who have stuck with me for seven years, through travel and sewing adventures, terrible illness, and life's usual garden-variety highs and lows.

One reason is, sadly, purely mechanical. I lost access to this blog via a stupid neglect of a dying email address and failure to set a recovery number or address. After many months of trying to get Blogger to produce one single human employee (epic fail, let me save you time, there are none and the Blogger Forum volunteers can only try so far) I managed last night to get an AOL employee in Romania, a kind and charming human, to sit tight with me for the better part of an hour, half a dozen 'captchas,' not a few comic AOL tin-can-men alerts of disfunctional webpages, the recovery of a 2010 credit card's last four digits, and…you get the idea.

Hey, AOL Help rocks.
Blogger Help sucks.
I know they get dissed for being a last-century company, but Miss Bi***ca on the Aol Help Desk 1-800 number did her job with patience and humor—and there was no fee.

BUT the second reason for no blogging and for the inertia about reclaiming the blog itself is that I didn't actually sew very much. Is it possible that this blog inspired me, and without it, I saw no need for new clothing? I think I didn't understand how much the blogging, the community of you people, the support and learning process of fellow sewers had been an integral part of my lifelong hobby which I carried on alone for the better part of the seventies and eighties. The sewing community has transformed completely into something vibrant, proud and dazzlingly creative—no more apologies for 'loving hands at home' being a shameful fallback.

But shame there still is…witness: Earlier this year, I tried my second jumpsuit, this time a Burda Easy SS 2017 pattern, using some IKEA Ditte blue cotton, below. I even ran some black embroidery stitching around the mandatory ruffle sleeve and cropped the trousers to get a summer 2017 vibe. Low cost, maybe Swiss 10 francs all told.

What I realized about all these off the shoulder styles of the past year is that an active woman will find she is constantly pulling the damn neckline back down to affect the 'Carmen' style. Well, this Carmen does housework, and as practical and fun as this summer down-time fashion was to use as a sort of instant-dressing option, the discomfort factor was high. I have loosened the neckline elastic somewhat, but this one goes in the 'lake vacation' pile for tossing on after a swim.
The big news of our summer was the marriage of the model goddaughter to her dreamboat in England in September. (photo above) For this I needed a special outfit. As she was born in Tokyo, coincidentally in the same hospital as her betrothed, (standing left in photo) I thought a kimono would be a sentimental touch. I ordered silk from Thai Silks but when it arrived, I didn't like the shiny side of the fabric which looked cheap compared to the mat inner surface. So I reversed it, with no one the wiser. The lining was a very light lining silk, home-dyed candy pink.
As you can see above, the finished kimono went over a purchased navy blue jumpsuit from Promod on sale. I added pink and blue roses ordered online to the white hat, a gift from my daughter years ago.
And so it goes. The goddaughter is all grown up now. So is the daughter. 

But I've got my blog back! Is anybody out there?


8 comments:

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    1. Glad you see you again, too! I've missed a lot, so perhaps you'll see me catching up with a few last minute makes for the holiday season, Ruthie. XX

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  2. So nice to see you back, so impressed that you got the help to recover the blog (I would have given up a long time ago) and nicest is to see the beautiful kimono outfit and wedding pictures.

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    1. I just saw the gorgeous and inspiring photo post of Jane M (Lucky Sew and Sew's) daytrip
      http://luckysewandsew.blogspot.ch
      to see the Dior 70th anniversary exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Check it out! I added her blog to my blog Honors List on the right, just in case you want to do it later.

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  3. Glad you're back! The wedding looks lovely!

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    1. Dear Lisa,
      It was a wonderful day, thanks, mostly due to the bride's mother managing everything with great humor, style and careful planning. I'd say now I've seen the classic English country wedding done perfectly.

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  4. Yes, the wonders of using a feed so that posts from my favourites just pop up automatically - glad you managed to rescue your blog though it sounds like a real trial getting there! Love the kimono jacket and what a lovely styling idea to wear it to a wedding.

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    1. Absolutely loved your last wedding guest dress in royal blue lace. That piece has been inspiring me to revisit that pattern which I forgot produced such a wearable black cloque dress I'm still pulling out of the closet. Your taste always inspires me, AllisonC! Thanks for dropping in.

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