I’ve been on an medical leave since March when I had my knee “fixed”. I’m using quotes because as any of you know who’ve been there, there is no fixed. So long story short, I now have different pain from before, but pain is pain. At least I have hope I will continue to get better since things have slowly been feeling better. To that end I think my doc will cut me loose at my next appointment in about a week, so I can work. Not a tragedy, it’s time.
To that impending event I thought I’d better get the lead out and finish a dress I’d started months ago and is laying around the dining room table that is my sewing space. Literally months – like Januaryish! Maybe February. Still, pretty lame. The dress is Cardamome from Deer & Doe and when I initially cut it out I thought the 3/4 sleeves would be grand. Cut to June and blazing heat and 3/4 sleeves in a polyester crepe de chine sounds like a recipe for heatstroke. Luckily I had lots of material and drafted a short sleeve, added 2″ of fullness and made it 3″ long. I tried shirring the fullness into the armband but it looked dorky so I just made one big pleat and it gives the sleeve a kind of retro 40s shape.
The dress itself is the Cardamome with the waistband variation (as opposed to the elastic shirred waist) and I left off the collar so I’ve just got a band collar. The dress has a curved yoke that wasn’t super easy to do in polyester but not impossible. There is a button front at the yoke and a side zipper to get the thing on plus pockets! Pockets are a must. It’s a super comfortable dress, mine is a smidge loose since that’s how I like it and it’s already been worn and washed since it was finally finished.
Now I better see where I put all my work stuff, out of sight out of mind.