I've just done my last day at work for 2013, sung Jingle Bells for the last time this year and had an emotional time saying good-bye to families I have worked with for years, some through several children. Christmas is going to be quiet for us this year. My family are largely away so it will be just the three of us for most of the time. Eating, playing board games (this, this, this and this), dog walks and for me, sewing.
This dress has been in my head for the longest time. The pattern is long discontinued but a shout out on Instagram lead to Jenny Mae sending me her copy. I have some resizing to do but I am hoping that looking at the instructions and pattern pieces combined with this pattern, Simplicity 1652 which I do have in my size will lead me to at least an approximation of this dress. I have other clothes making planned, I have made a few things recently which I will post soon- photos are needed for some-and one of the side effects of making my own clothes is finding it hard to match up the different elements of my wardrobe, hence the need to make more for the sake of cohesive outfits. The beautiful fabric in the background of these pics come from another Instagram lovely coming to my aid, Monica supplying me with Denyse Schmidt, USA only DS daisy prints.
I am hoping to rest up physically and mentally over the break too. I bought this because it is practical and mediation has always eluded me despite several attempts over the years. I started with the raisin exercise and it was revelatory experience(although I could be biased, I am very partial to dried fruit). My head is too full and I need a way to clear it and I am hoping this is it. I look forward to Christmas but the reality is some elements of it are very challenging, there's a huge pressure all around to be creating the most beautiful home packed full of tasty treats, chinking glasses, the glow of a million fairy lights whist entertaining an endless stream of friends and family. The reality is staying in bed a little later, not getting dressed until mid morning, not seeing many people and no make-up for 2 ½ weeks. Excellente.