If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning, you’ve probably read similar posts to what I’m going to write today. I seem to hit a sewing slump every January. It hit earlier this year, due to increased Christmas hours at the shop. Now that my work schedule has lightened up a bit, I was hoping to get back to sewing. The reality is that I just don’t have the motivation to sew. The creative process relaxes me, so I really want to want to sew, if that makes sense. I’ve made a number of muslins that haven’t worked out. I have a couple UFOs that I’m trying to decide if they are wadders. The closest thing to a successful winter project I’ve made ever is sitting on my dressform, waiting to be hemmed because I know it will be an orphan. Because of my thyroid disease, I’m always very cold in winter and never feel like dressing up. Top this with an allergy to wool and I end up with a winter wardrobe full of jeans and long sleeve t-shirts. I’m actually glad that the heating system at the shop is broken because that means I can wear all my summer dresses to work.
Today’s dress is another example of a failed winter project. Butterick 6293 is a 1940s reprint that is currently out-of-print. The cotton version is one of my favorite dresses. This dress is my second attempt to make a winter version. It’s better than the first, but still not as good as the cotton version. Perhaps babywale cord is still stiff. Maybe it would drape better in a wool challis, which I can’t wear. All of the bust shaping is in the CF darts, which really poof out in the cord. I also can’t decide if the print is too cutesy. In cotton, in the middle of summer, I’d wear the heck out of some scotties but winter always feels like I should be wearing more somber clothes. I’ll keep it. It looks great with a red cardi, but I don’t know how much wear it will get.
Here’s the summer one that I love!
By the way, I keep going back and forth on the bangs/fringe. Grow them out or keep the Bettie bangs?