tuesday was belated items day: a dress made two years ago, worn for a two day late celebration du mommaballoona. pizza! wine! treats! torte! YELLING!
i get excited when we have people over, and i get insanely excited when the people are my parents. i go into hyperdrive, rocketing around the house, driving the cat into hiding.
barreling into whole foods for last minute supplies, i was chastised for being TOO SPEEDY! apparently the sweep of my maxi dress brushed the hem of someone's jeans. this someone was juggling two backpacks, arm in a splint, finagling self serve coffee one handed, sandwiched between two double wide strollers, wo-manned by two blinking ladies who could not figure out how to wo-maneuver around each other.
i dropped my basket, wo-manhandled the open stock boxes out of the way, cut though Double Wides, and made for the cheese. Double Wide One found her legs and rolled her children into my cart. TOO SPEEDY! came the cry from the coffee kiosk, revealing The Juggler. actually Double Wide hit me sooooooo super sorry for HER, i yelled happily over my shoulder, instantly reminded that i am a total hypocrite and loose all sense of The Gunn when i am in whole foods. every time. must not go Kors in Foods.
in line with my treasures, i calmed myself down and greeted the cashier. i love your dress. there went the zen. THANKSIMADEIT!!! cashier to the right joined in, eyeing the goods maniacally. lefty caught the stare. damn girl you gonna steal that off her back or what?!
we all cackled our goodbyes. i looked around for The Juggler, hoping to apologize--who knows? maybe i was too speedy! but she was racing off with her multiple wares, faster than a speeding oona.
this is a perfect summer dress, and a great eatin' dress, especially when the eatin' is of kalkatroonaan proportions. made of super soft stretch jersey from michael levine's loft. if you go for this pattern, make note: the armsyce is a bit low (you can spy my bra in the side close up) and the draped front panel is a bit too bulky-- i used one layer instead of the recommended double, and took about 2 inches of length off. if i remember correctly, she has quite a bit of ease as well.
and the whole shebang was made on a straight stitch! yep! it can be done, especially on a frock like this that has a bit of added elastic in the back (to attach the elastic, i stitched a long double row of machine basting. actually, i "twin needled" a lot of it). i have no idea why it hasn't made an appearance on the blog before now, but it's lasted me over two years. proof is in the pudding, non?
just be careful if you're whizzing around pretentious supermarkets. that hem is dangerous.