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Social Butterfly and Wake Up Call

2011 August 10
by elizabeth_admin

The last two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of social activities of all kinds.  Lots of dinners and meetups with friends.  And practically no sewing (well except for the sueded silk V8584 that is).  I don’t know how people manage an active social life with work and family demands and then sew the quantities that they do.  I’m looking at you Trena!  How do you people do it?  The last four years of my life I haven’t been very social at all.  Let’s face it: I had a baby four years ago and I live in NYC where the men run away from commitment as soon as you say hello.

That’s a long excuse for “I’ve got nothin’ for ya.”  Yep.  Since the pants last week, I haven’t sewn a stitch.  I will admit to harassing some of my sewing friends for advice on how to sew up a simple maxi dress, but I haven’t acted on it yet.  I think I need to work with a pattern rather than shirring two rectangles and hoping for a flattering dress.  And I will give two reasons why that won’t work for me.  Bo- Soms.  My whole life I wished for a larger chest.  I thought my B cup gals weren’t good enough for me.  I wasn’t shooting for porn star status boobs.  Just a little va for some more va-va-voom.  You know, just a little something-something, like a C cup.  Since I had Jack, I am now blessed with C cup boobs and I hate them.  They’re pendulous and droopy.  Their marginal largeness make me look 10 lbs heavier than I am and that’s about 22 lbs more than I want to be.  Let this be a cautionary tale to you, people.  The grass is not always greener and be very careful what you ask for.  Long story long, I’ve put the maxi dress on hold for now until I find a pattern that appeals to me and my droopy twins.

Now for the wake up call.  I was chatting with my mom the other day and she casually dropped into the conversation that she and Dad were going to Madison next week for Baby Chloe’s birthday.  SCREECH.  WHAT????!?!!!!???  Chloe’s birthday is next week???  Crap.  I haven’t started sewing her birthday dress yet.  So tonight, folks, that’s what I’m doing.  Prepping and cutting out the fabric for Chloe’s bday present.  Hopefully it won’t be a month late like poor Haley’s dress.

Here’s a little reminder for you of what I am making for Baby Chloe.  It doesn’t exactly match Haley’s dress, but definitely is reminiscent of it since I am using a similar batik fabric.  So let’s call a spade a spade and say they’re coordinating.  I am currently waiting on a picture of Haley in her dress so I can you show you all.  Oh and just think of the cuteness when they’re both wearing their dresses together.  Be still my heart!

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Here’s the fabric I’m going to use.  The batik on the top was what I used for Haley’s dress and the one on the bottom is what I will use for Baby Chloe’s dress.  She turns one next week!


Happy sewing everyone!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Karen Mulkey permalink
    August 10, 2011

    I love the fabrics and they definitely coordinate. Enjoy your social activities when you can because you will always find some time to sew. After faithfully reading your blogs for the past couple years (?) I can tell that you’ve been bit by the sewing bug and will continue to love it!

    Karen in Houston

  2. August 10, 2011

    I think you’re far too hard on your figure. But I’m glad you’re having fun!

  3. August 10, 2011

    Sad and droopy post baby boobs. Sing it sister. My cup size is enormous considering what the package actually looks like unwrapped. Sigh. You’re a way more accomplished sewist than I am but I had a whale of a time with that ruffly collar. The outfit came together for me but it never actually made it into rotation for my daughter. Which view were you planning to make?

  4. August 11, 2011

    Like you, I am awed how some people manage to fit in a full time job and a busy social life and still have time to sew a lot of amazing garments and blog about their activities. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun, which is good. As for your figure – you’re crazy – you are looking fabulous!! Baby Chloe’s dress is going to be very pretty – I love batik fabric.

  5. August 11, 2011

    Oh no! I hate when women get down on their breasts. If you feel droopy, it could be that you need a smaller bra band size and larger cup size. The right size will make you look and feel perkier, stand taller and appear slimmer. It could help change your thinking about your decolletage. Anne at Gorgeous Things recently reposted some very sound advice on this:

    PS – I’m convinced that where Trena lives there are more hours in the day. It’s the only explanation.

  6. August 15, 2011

    Well don’t look at me right now, I haven’t sewn in two weeks either! I have a dress about 3/5 of the way done that I was hoping to wear to a meeting on Weds, but I spent tonight mucking around with my ailing computer (at least it’s better now). Boo!!!! I mean, biking 70 miles (cumulative) was a good use of my weekend, but I spent most of it in the saddle or taking a nap to recover.

  7. Kelli permalink
    August 19, 2011

    I am constantly amazed by the sewing everyone manages to do – I’m lucky to churn out one single piece per month, if that. As far as saggy boobs go, I’ve definitely got a set of my own. You, however, never fail to look fantastic. I say live up that social life – there will be plenty of time to sew later! As far as a shirred maxi goes, there is a free pattern from Heather Ross that can be made to any length desired. It is easy peasy, just two pieces. If a beginner sewist can do it (that would be moi), you most certainly can. The shirring is snug enough to hold the girls up just fine.

    This is where I downloaded the pattern:

    Have fun painting the big apple RED!

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