The long goodbye and what I wore
Last Friday marked the start of my Long Goodbye to NYC and the life I have enjoyed here. It started with a party with some work friends from my last job. Of course I had to wear one of my garments, one of the McCalls 6069 drape neck knit dresses.
It was so fun to reconnect with old buddies. Fun and bittersweet. I am sure all my goodbyes will feel the same as well. As much as I am looking forward to the big changes I am making in location and livelihood, I am still cognizant that I am leaving good friends here in NYC.
I have been really lucky here in this big city. When I first moved here, I moved into a charmed situation. I already had a base of friends from my opera days. Close friends. I had a boyfriend who grew up and worked here, who showed me all around the city. I walked these streets feeling as though I already belonged. I know most people don’t have such a rosy beginning in NYC, the norm for most transplantees is not usually such a smooth or enjoyable transition. This city can be pretty alienating.
Tonight, I am having dinner at a posh NY restaurant with an old friend. And in spite of the rain predicted for all day today, I wore one of my favorite sewn items from 2011, the Elliott Berman silk New Look 6067 or the $3300 dress.
I love this dress. I love it despite the fact that now I know I should have made a smaller bodice size but with an FBA. It feels comfortable and the ease at the bust is fine, but I can tell it’s too big by the folds of fabric near the armscye. You can’t see the folds in the picture above because of how I am posing with my hands on my hips. There has been a very funny discussion on Facebook about how a lot of bloggers use this pose for showcasing our garments but how it obscures the true fit of bodices. I think the final consensus was that we should use jazz hands to model our garments going forward. I will try to remember that. 😉
The long goodbye continues all week. I hope I have enough of my sewn clothes to wear to all my events.
- Dinner with my sister and her family on Tuesday (hmmm, possibly my new maxi skirt?)
- Dinner with the gals from work on Wednesday (the colorblock dress?)
- Drinks with everyone on Thursday (definitely the Chrysanthemum NL 6022 dress!)
- Haircut on Friday night (my last NYC haircut – I am already anticipating bad hair in San Diego. I might have to come back every 6 weeks to get my hair cut.)
I’m going to miss my friends, the Garment District and NYC so much, I can tell already. But I know that I am only an email, a call or a trip away.
P.S. Don’t ask if I’ve been packing. I don’t want to have to tattle on myself.