Saturday, June 29, 2013

come saturday


So, last week was pretty exciting for me: First, I won the Closet Case Files giveaway for the By Hand London Victoria blazer pattern! Thanks, Heather Lou! Summer short-suit, here I come....

And then Colette released the much anticipated new shirt-dress pattern!

Oh, and I also got married!

Brooklyn Borough Hall is a surprisingly efficient place, and it's even kind of pretty inside. For some reason, I'd anticipated that a trip to the marriage bureau would be similar to going to the DMV, but thankfully that's not the case at all.





 We didn't hire a photographer or anything, but both of my parents ended up coming to town so they snapped a few photos of the occasion.

I was glad that my dress (V1288) was both short & sleeveless, because last Tuesday was a killer of a day: both incredibly hot and humid.  Also, it's pretty fun to make your own wedding dress and opt-out of the intense shopping pressure. (Not that I didn't have some sewing-room pressure -- my first dress was actually a spectacularly failed Oolong. I may share some pictures of that later, as soon as I can face the creeping, crooked seam lines.)

I was at the beach for the rest of the week, so I pretty much spent all my time in swimsuits, or shorts and tees. So last week reminded me that I need to refine my summer wardrobe. Usually I prefer wearing breezy cotton dresses when it's hot, but I've really culled a lot of ill-fitting or worn-out clothes from my closet, and there aren't many summer dresses left. 
 
Fortunately, I do have a number of breezy cotton prints, and I think Hawthorn will be perfect for them! I was also excited to notice that the pattern also includes a button-up blouse -- as much as I admire the ease of pullover blouses, they usually don't look great on me.

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  1. Congratulations! I hope your trip was amazing! Your wedding dress is truly lovely and you look gorgeous in it. I hope the Hawthorn works out, I might try it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm crossing my fingers on the Hawthorn -- it looks like the waist seam hits at a natural point, so I'm hoping I can make adjustments fairly easily. I guess we'll see!

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  2. Best wishes for your marriage! You look amazing in that dress -- I love the lace.

    Can't wait to see your Hawthorne... I'm waiting on buying that pattern because I have quite the stack to get through right now, so I'm expecting to live vicariously through your make. ;-)

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    1. Thanks! I've already been living vicariously through all your gorgeous knit tops & dresses :)

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  3. Mazel tov, Meredith! Your dress is the loveliest.

    I'm also on the Hawthorn anticipation train. I'm trying not to leap (I wasn't in love with Laurel, but bought it anyway, and now it lives with my mum), but I'm certain it'll look spectacular on you.

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    1. I felt sort of the same about Laurel -- though after seeing some of the sewing contest entries, I might give it another go with some front darts this time. (What was I thinking with a nearly dart-less shift dress?!)

      Thanks for the vote of confidence with Hawthorn! The proportions look a little more promising, at least.

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  4. Congrats, girl! You look lovely-- what a sweet dress! :D

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  5. Yay congratulations!!! Your wedding dress is gorgeous! Looking forward to your Hawthorns!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! (I'm glad you started a blog, too!)

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  6. First of all, congratulations!

    I'm excited to see your Hawthorne when you make it. That pattern is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I'm down to the last few buttons (how I hate sewing on buttons!) on the Hawthorne, so I should be wearing it soon :)

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