I was hoping to have finished this today but “de-flea”ing ones home turns out to be quite an involved process when there’s a two year old (two and 3/4’s, actually, geez) dragging clothes, blankets and toys through the house. Fortunately my sewing room isn’t part of the house so when I let off the flea bombs I could hole myself up with lots of easter eggs and no distractions. But then Rata came home and that was that.
But I’m nearly there! The pattern is Butterick 5605 again, the one with the infamous centre front seam that I managed to avoid this time. It turns out I am very scared of plaid though. Good thing I didn’t have enough of any one kind so there are lots of different ones and therefore no matching of seams. I really don’t know how one might go about doing that. But looking at the way the plaid works with the kimono sleeve of this dress I think I might have to overcome that fear. I like it. I like it very much indeed. The skirt is blue and white fir tree flannelette, which I swore never to turn into pyjamas. But a dress? Well, now you mention it…
I have mavericked it with the bodice lining because I couldn’t bear the thought of inserting eight gussets with the sleeves. I thought I had a clever way of avoiding that by just tacking down the front and back lining pieces to the outer gusset seams, but when I realised that would be just as much work, if not more, I chopped it all so there was just three or four inches of facing around the neck and back. I’ll tack some lining to that, which can go all the way to the hem and serve as a barrier between the dress and the massive organza petticoat I am going to need to poof the skirt (I made the full skirt this time, and yes, flannelette does have a nice drape to it actually, to my untrained eye). I’ll keep it slightly above the knee because for the first time in my life I have knee high winter boots. I love my job.
Lining, hem, belt with delightful deer fabric and there we might have it: a thoroughly unexpected deer hunting dress! What a family we will be – Louis with his possum hat and Swanni, me in plaid and fir trees and Rata in her little deer dress… that’s Halloween covered.