My feeling bad isn't a guilt thing, it's an absence of feeling good thing. A bit of energy investment in making returns positive energy ten fold, and the buying thing returns negative energy tenfold for me. This is something I believe, in an intellectual way, in my head. My post was about feeling that in a really emotional and visceral way. It's not a feeling I'm choosing, it's a feeling that comes from who I am and what I hold dear.
So even though my energy store available for investment is absolutely minimal I'm going to max it out. I'm not promising it will be pretty - low energy making usually isn't the best, but it's something to keep the ball rolling and hopefully enough momentum to get some happy making highs in.
Tiramisu dress. This is a pretty design and if I was less self conscious about wearing dresses and close fitting knits I would adore this. It's a great compliment to the design that I bought and made it at all such is my reluctance to frock up. I really like Steph's blog - it's jam packed with great tutorials and info and I like her attitude to sewing a lot so I figured I'd take the risk.
I made it up in some inherited disposable knit (thanks Jo!) before I cut into anything special since I wasn't sure I'd be okay wearing it even if the pattern was great. I wasn't uber impressed to find that along with Steph's noted pattern errata, a few pattern pieces actually didn't properly fit together. I know Steph had a monster time in the production of this, her first printed pattern, so I'm not all high horse about it, and it is a knit so you have plenty of scope for fudging it.
I did a full bust adjustment. The pattern is not only cup size graded, it also has an adjustment line built in so it was super easy. I also narrowed the midsection piece by about half. I lengthened the arm bands for the sleeves by a cm or 2 because I hate tight arm bands. In a future version, I'd also shorten the back of the bodice by a cm or 2 and maybe add a cm or 2 on the top of the front shoulder close to the neck and maybe lower the back neck hold by a cm or 2.
Anyway, when I was in Sydney I was suddenly struck by this desire for a silk nightdress. This was in large part due to the discovery of stocks of silk elastine at Tessuti Sydney. I had bought a small amount of this gorgeous fabric in Melbourne and made a half slip last year (this is all sounding very downton abbey isn't it??). I have worn it loads. I bought this length thinking I would make a shirt for work but somehow the whole nightdress thing took hold.
I will make the newly cast pattern in a jersey first to assess it but I'm hoping it will be right for the silk. Or this crazy obsession will pass before I cut into it in a disastrous way.