Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I did. It was pretty low key. I hosted it this year, which is unusual. Most years, my sister hosts Thanksgiving and we do Christmas. But she just moved into a new place and has boxes still to unpack, so we did it at my house. In keeping with the theory that everything tastes better with pork products, DS the elder asked for both a turkey and a ham. And staying with that theme, the squash and the stuffing both had sausage in them. Not exactly kosher, but awfully tasty! Monday morning it’s back to the gym for me.
Pippa is chugging along. I’ll do the Big Reveal later this week. I realized I was overthinking some things, so I cut another muslin, and I’m ready now to sink my shears into the silk. More later.
In the meantime, I decided today to cut into Vogue 1250 by Donna Karan.
Can you stand another review of this ubiquitous and universally flattering dress? It’s all over the blogosphere. If you are one of the other two people who had not made this dress, I highly recommend it! Here’s the front of mine.
I’ll spare you yet another review, other than to say that it is, indeed, everything it’s cracked up to be. Easy to sew and flattering. The details that make it mine:
Sizes: 6-20. I cut a 12 at the shoulders, tapering to a 14 at the bust.
Fabric: Ocelot Print ITY Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). It’s sold out, sorry, but if you want something similar, you can use this one, or this one, or this one, or almost anything from our Fun & Funky Knits page.
I sewed all the seams on my serger and hemmed it with my home sewing machine. It took only a couple of hours to make. This is a worthy pattern for anyone’s wardrobe. Here’s the back:
Conclusion: If you don’t already own this pattern, by all means, get it! It’s a classic.
I’ve been on a bunch of buying trips lately, and I found the coolest tool on one of them. It’s a Clover (they have the best tools!) Desktop Needle Threader.
You just load your Needle into the little hole, load your thread into the slot…
Press the lever and…
Voila! A threaded needle. It works on all the needles I’ve put into it, including the fabulous Japanese needles with teeny weeny little eyes that Susan Khalje sells. This is my new favorite tool. If you hate trying to thread needles, this is a must have!