Even though I have, according to MrsDrWho, an Illusion of a Waist, I went ahead and sewed a dress with a waist. Lovely RoseRed encouraged me, and honestly without her sage advice I would have stopped and changed my mind. But I am unsecretly in love with my new dress. So in love that I photographed it twice. It isn't a New York dress, though I shall have an Hawaiian dress. Be still my beating heart.
This is the bodice of Simplicity Amazing Fit 1652, and a circle skirt that I drafted. I used up every skerrick of my material's length. I threw caution to the wind and bound the neck and armholes instead of using facings. More than once to get it right, but there is not a hint of upper nether garment peeking out at the under arms. Yay!! RoseRed suggested a belt and so I tied some selvage around my Illusion of a Waist and I think it does look better with, rather than without. I shall make a narrow green belt.
I learned new skills in my Craftsy Adjust the Bust course and now I have a bodice that fits, I can whip up a few more dresses. I should have worn it with my new Emerald Shoes.
Yes, I now have Emerald shoes. Whilst idly searching I found these, and rang the shop, SheShoes in Queensland. The lady could not have been more helpful. As we took the same shoe size she even tried on sizes 37 and 38 to see which fitted best and posted the shoes to me the next day. It was wonderful service!!
MrsDrWho and MrsHouseOf chose this beautiful fabric for me in Hawaii.
There is another different length as well, but it is too dark to photograph now. It is in lieu of wool. They didn't manage to get to a wool shop in New York: sometimes when you are away with a group, you have to just go with the flow!!! It is serendipitous that I found a pattern for a dress that uses two metres of material. I have two yards, but since I am shorter than the average pattern height, it should be plenty.
I was chuffed to receive this photo of one of the bags I made for The Overseas Travellers. MrsDrWho said that they used them for shopping in NY, but in Hawaii, they were swimming bags.
The decking that was installed upside down twenty-four years ago has finally given up the ghost. The rest of the decking in the garden has been done away with, but Peri especially loves to stand Monarch of the Glen-like right here and gaze out. The wood is rotten, broken and dangerous. The flash of white in the bottom left corner is Gilly. She's ever so helpful.
Today my neighbours volunteered their station-wagon and then the kind man at the shop cut wood for new decking. Peri and Gilly are very excited. I can see their excitement in their very waggy tails, so fast the camera can't capture them!!! The wood needs to be pre-drilled and then screwed to the old bearers. Right way up, with the lines underneath.
Peri has recovered so well from her operation, which was two months ago. One day she was still shaved and scarred, and then it seemed the next she was growing her fur back. I am so glad. She is as happy as can be and gives Miss Lorelai Gilmore a run for her money.
The winning Recipe to Riches a few weeks ago was the poorly named Chocorn: popcorn covered with chocolate. A box cost $7-99 for 225g. I ate the white chocolate caramel popcorn and thought "Meh." I took the milk and dark chocolate portions along to Knitting Dining Out and it was fallen upon and pronounced to be delicious. In fact it went off with two knitters to cheer them up for the next few days. So there you go, I thought it was expensive for what it was, as Cadbury has a chocolate popcorn that is cheaper and just as nice I believe, but as a treat my friends really liked it.
One of the symptoms of anaemia, which is just one exciting facet of the weird illness I have, is mouth ulcers. Today I have two ulcers in my mouth and one on the side of my tongue. Just in case I was too tired and run down I made some restorative soup for tea tonight. I poached a chicken breast with chilli, garlic, ginger, onion and lemon zest. Then I added rice noodles and pak choy and pulled the chicken breast apart. When the noodles were cooked I put the chicken back in and added a slosh of soy sauce and a large squeeze of lemon juice. I do believe I feel better, even if it is the placebo soup effect, I feel happier!!!
And now something that made me feel quite, quite old: this day, fifty years ago, The Beatles recorded I Wanna Hold Your Hand. How can it be so long ago?? I think it stands up well to the test of time.