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The long goodbye and what I wore

2012 June 25
by elizabeth_admin

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. 


9 Responses leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012

    Okay you’re killing me with these posts! I don’t want to be the lone person standing outside your apt howling, “don’t go!” “Don’t leave me!” “What will I do without our daily email sessions?” Is it too late to offer to let you and Jack come to NJ and live with me? *sigh* *sob*

    • June 26, 2012

      Oh, Carolyn will not be the only one howling at your window! But I can’t wait to see how the change influences your sewing and creativity! Best wishes!

  2. Gail permalink
    June 25, 2012

    Both spectacularly great dresses. Particularly like the silk, but the mccalls col dress is a favourite among my summer patterns

  3. June 25, 2012

    Awwww (sniff, sniff). I’m sure your new life there will be exciting and you’ll have way better weather than we’ll ever have. Besides, NYC isn’t going anywhere. (Btw If you ever want something from the garment district, I can snail mail it to you.)

  4. Sufiya permalink
    June 25, 2012

    You do realize that, moving to San Diego, you will now be well within reach of some fabulous fabric (well, at least a LOT closer than you were in NY)…I have heard about some store in Los Angeles that is like a fabric “mecca”, with absolutely stunning fabrics that are not available anywhere else because a lot of them are one-of-a-kind samples for some great huge fabric show that happens there once a year!!

    Day-yum, I CAN’T REMEMBER what it’s called, but I do remember thinking it was someplace I would make a beeline for if I was ever in LA! So, do ask around and see if you can find out where it is! If I come across the article where I read about it, I will send you the information RIGHT AWAY.

  5. June 25, 2012

    Sounds like a week that will be hard for you and your friends. Good luck and enjoy wearing all your garments.

  6. June 26, 2012

    Aw so sad that you are leaving your friend sin NY, but new & exciting things around the corner! Love that dress. Yep I too pose with hands on hips not only to showcase patterns but also in general as it makes your upper arm look slim too 🙂 LOL! x

  7. June 26, 2012

    I’m a relatively new blogger so I only know your recent story and am loving your sewing! Best of luck with the move to San Diego!

  8. June 27, 2012

    Goodbyes are the hardest things in the world. I don’t envy you that but then again it just provides ample opportunity later for return visits. You know, to reconnect etc.

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