|The dress pieces cut out. The light gray pattern pieces are the |
underside of the dark gray/black fabric. The ecru is the bodice lining.
"Okay," I said. "You want sophisticated? How about gray?"
"I've done gray. For Christmas, remember?"
"That was silver. And you looked fabulous in it. Gray is your color."
Narae shrugged. "If you say so. Frankly, the whole idea bores me."
"Now you sound like Ellowyne. Besides, we have this lovely gray wig. You already have gray shoes and pantyhose. We could do a head-to-toe lady in gray."
"You're dumping me at the old folks home, aren't you?"
"Not at all. I'm just trying to envision a total look -- a tone-on-tone fashion statement."
Narae sighed. I started sewing. While I sewed, Narae tried on the gray wig so she could "get used to it" -- her words, not mine. It looked odd with the green and purple dress she had on, but I knew it would set the right tone with the new outfit.
"What do you think of this black and gray stripe for the pinafore? It almost looks like menswear."
Narae pretended not to care.
"And this black and gray floral for the dress, to play off the stripes."
"You're going to love it."
"If you say so."
In the end, I had to modify the pattern slightly to suit my fabric. The pattern calls for the dress ruffles to have torn edges. Neither of my fabrics would tear, although both shredded like crazy. Before they could unravel completely, I made a shallow hem on each. That necessitated an extra turn of the hem on the pinafore; otherwise it hid the upper ruffle. An additional change saved my sanity: Instead of a row of snap sets marching up the back of the dress, I sewed up the back to within two inches of the waist and then put in snaps the rest of the way. Even so, I had to reposition one of the snaps three times before it lined up with its mate.
|Another satisfied customer.|