Hey Oona, what's up with the Steven Tyler impression?
A. I'm wailing Happy Birthday to Elle of Laura Loves Pugs
B. I'm trying to get the camera to focus on my face
Summer Birthdays! The best! (I might be biased.) At this very moment, there's a birthday celebration going on for Elle, a virtual party conjured up as a solution to the problem of three friends living miles apart. Elle met Ute (she of the most beautiful instagram shots ever) and Pips (she of sixteen Annas!!) via instagram, and it was Elle's wish that they celebrate her birthday together on the platform they met upon. It was also her wish that all party guests wear an Anna, of By Hand London fame.
One must always obey birthday girl wishes. The birthday girl is much like a bride in that respect (yes, I take it that seriously. Weep for Ruggy). And yet! And yet! My gold metallic linen Anna, embarked upon for this very shindig... she sits in pieces still! Egads! Tardy to the party! THE DEVIL YOU SAY! I will not stand for it! Luckily, I have myriad unblogged Annas in my closet and can dress appropriately! PARTY FOUL AVERTED!
This particular Anna was stitched last September, but has remained un-snapped for various reasons...
Hey Oona, whatcha smirkin' at?
A. My self inflicted uber high waistline
b. Ruggy's idea of a close up shot
Although I can say this floral frock was made well, she wasn't made wise. When I traced the pattern for a V neck version, I went a little too nutso on a short waist adjustment... the waistline sits right on my natural waist, not the sweet spot I've come to love of about 5/8ths below. Therefore, belt.
And let's talk about the hemline. A gathered rectangle with a romantic touch was what I wanted, but not so much what I got. You might not be able to spy it in the shots (see; question #2, answer B) but...
Pretty pretty scallops! Scallops for DAYS! Scallops that get TOTALLY LOST in the drapey poly blend! SCALLOPS THAT HANG UNEVENLY BECAUSE I DIDN'T ACCOUNT FOR THE EXTRA INCH OF LENGTH I ALWAYS NEED AT CENTER BACK FOR LE PROTRUDING DERRIERE!!!
Actually, looking at these shots, there's all kinds of wonk going on in that there hemline. I didn't consider the dip in the back at the bodice, or where the scallops would meet at side seam...really, I need to amputate and get in there with a level. Good god, woman.
Also, gathered waist, not so much my favorite on me. But I'm so attached to those scallops, I don't know what the fix is! Anyone??
Hey Oona, why the side eye?
A. Oh, just wondering if the photographer is shooting me straight-on... like I asked him to
B. Oh, just listening to the photographer barking some nonsense about these shots being "BORING AS HELL"
Answer: MOST DEFINITELY BOTH. Byproduct; permission granted for artsy shot...
Okey dokey Ruggy.
(Actually that is pretty cool how he incorporated the wave of the hem into the wave of the wall. Mad props, Rugster. Thanks for finishing the bathroom.)
Hey Oona, whatcha lookin at?
MY OWN BIRTHDAY ROARING DOWN THE STREET LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN
No, no, let me calm down, that's another twenty days away. Not that I'm keeping count or yelling about it on the hour or anything. Luckily for Ruggy I'll be distracted for a few days by all of Elle's party guests over on Instagram! Annas are about to blow up your feed, yo! Search #internationalannaparty, and if you're really feeling it, don an Anna and get in there. There's even party prizes to be had! (I'm taking my hat out of the ring for a prize, having both an embarrassment of hemline and riches going on at the moment.) The party officially starts at 6pm BST, which google tells me is 1pm EST. Thanks google, you rock.