Tip of the hat to the Rio Olympics

 

DSCN1838This gorgeous new fabric by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel caught my eye right away.  This is lawn ( a superfine cotton weave) in a soft periwinkle color with gold, called City Toile Lawn.

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I really can’t take a selfie to save my soul.  Hello, boobies!

The most memorable landmark from Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue, is on here, along with other landmarks like the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and Big Ben.

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No I did not get a tattoo.  I somehow managed to get the most spectacular bruise, a perfectly shaped circle on my upper arm.  No idea where it came from, and you can see it is going into it’s yellow-green phase.

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The designated photographer did a better job on this photo shoot, so his job is safe FOR NOW.  Next time maybe we will even attempt some back views.  My modeling skills are still, and always will be, stuck in my Big Fig phase.

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The pattern is a Butterick Retro ’47, B5209.  It has a halter style option also, but I like my shoulders covered.  Life is easier when you don’t need a special bra for your dress.  I had to do a FBA so the top fit correctly.

I ordered the fabric from Hawthorne Threads, one of my favorite online vendors.  This lawn is a dream to sew and is the perfect choice for a good looking dress in this hot climate!

Run Forrest run – the Jenny dress

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I learned everything I know about modeling growing up in the 1970’s.  From a Fig Newton commercial.*

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But let’s look at the dress instead of talking about my awkward runway skills.   The pattern is the Jenny dress by Sis Boom Pattern Company.  The fabric is a soft and gorgeous chambray.

I must tell you of my love for patterns by Sis Boom.  They actually include pieces for cup size adjustments.  In my experience with four of their patterns, I can measure and print and the finished garment actually fits on the first try.

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This dress is so comfortable and covers everything I want to keep covered.  It is also figure flattering in real life.

*Sad but true.  If you remember the commercial, there was a dude in a Big Fig costume.  He did a song and dance, and did a Lord of the Dance type pose.  Every photo op from my youth, and into my twenties, included my Big Fig pose.  Even now I can barely keep my arms down when my picture is snapped.  The struggle is real, people.