Appleton V2 – all leopard-y and cougar-like
Apologies, this post was accidentally deleted and reinstalled – phew!
#1 son hates big cat prints – on his Mum. He however, has a denim leopard print shirt which he has worn threadbare – makes him look like that guy from LMFAO! But on me, they’re not ideal it seems. Is this a typical madonna/whore discombobulation?! Therefore, and only because he hates it – I love this dress. This pic taken on my way to meet hubby at a Melbourne Hotel after he’d been in Sydney for 3 weeks – sizzle! Hubby didn’t notice the dress at all BTW – typical! Slip worn under as per V1 – detailed here.
Luvverly cotton/spandex fabric bought from Style Arc years ago in a package with one of their own wrap patterns. It’s ideal and scrumptious, but the dress still bites into my bra line at the back despite a slip. Is it my massive lats? Could it be the back/underarm fat looking to escape? Or could it be my bra is too tight??
Warning, cut a wrap dress tie on the least stretchy grainline. Seems obvious now!
V3 – spotty orange/teal. I had our recent trip to Darwin and Central Australia in mind and needed a maxi to keep the mozzies off my legs. Not sure about the flounce, its a bit art deco, also unsure about the hi/lo hem?
The shoes are not flattering, but I had to have a last minute photo in the red sand of Uluru – Uluru compliments this dress, but the photo angle makes me look squat – what can ya do?!
Funny story: Hubs and I had to step on the scales before boarding a light aircraft for a tour of Arnhem Land. Admittedly I was fully clothed and was carrying the camera but I had a fit when I saw my weight!! Immediately thereafter almost 5 kg were shed. So this photo is me on the heavier side. Nothing like a reality check to recalibrate one’s bearings!
I was very disappointed by the wrap side seam hole instructions in the Appleton pattern. Seems to me there simply must be a better way to fashion a tie hole (and a better description too?). Is there a happy place between massive effort bound welt buttonhole and this botch up job with a less than 1 cm seam allowance as described in the pattern?
After searching on the interwebs, this is the best example I found. If there is a 4th version of Appleton, I will extend the seam allowance to at least 1.5cm at the hole and turn under before stitching down. This is just not a good enough result for the effort, partly because overlocking to stop in a strategic place is difficult even with massive seam allowances, why the skimpy seams?
The puff sleeves (self drafted) are a bit different, I think I like them and certainly I got a lot of looks as we boarded the bus to take us to the “Sounds of Silence” dinner (quick check of the cleavage assured me all was well with the girls!)- literally a dinner/picnic in the desert, near Uluru. We saw ALL the stars (celestial ones, this aint’ downtown LA) – amazing, magnificent. There are not enough superlatives to express the night sky in the desert, its breathtaking. So many shooting stars. One of the english guys insisted the brightest star we could see was the north star, but I was equally insistent that what we were looking at couldn’t be the north star, cos we’re in the southern hemisphere, I thought it might have been a satellite – just so bright. Turns out we were both wrong. The southern skies share about 70% of their stars – it was Jupiter!! So close we could almost touch it.
If you ever get the chance to go to the Northern Territory – do it. It completely blew me away. I don’t want to bore you with my photos but it’s just such a wonderfully photogenic region. This is where your common budgerigar comes from and they were plentiful.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone. May 2017 bring you all peace, health and happiness but above all kindness.