I like peplums and it's nice that the designers showed many variations for this spring/summer. I bought this neat Babette SF peplum top made in her signature pleats to get more wear out of this charcoal/cream stretch cotton bubble skirt with shades of gray.
Then there was this Vera Wang dress in an interesting fabric that I loved. I already owned the skirt and found the dress for less than I would have paid for the fabric. Only problem was that it was huge, the waist was too high, it was too long and overall looked frumpy on me. Then for two years it hung in the closet. So I took another look at it and the lightbulb went on! Peplum top ! waist a little high - no problem because that's the way they're styling the peplum tops. Just figure out the best length to cut it off, hem it and take it in some in the back. I'm going for a stylish summer top that works with different bottoms.
|Before - frump city|
|Gathers below the cartridge pleats|
Next was this interesting summer ensemble from Doncaster. The jacket is definitely Chanel quality and the fabrics are gorgeous but the only skirt they had at the clearance markdown was a size 14, too big and too long for me. But you can always take bigger in so I bought it. The skirt style is just like Loes Hinse Swing Skirt I've made a few times, so I measured and compared to those, and decided to use the same waistband technique Louise Cutting uses on her One-Seam pants and her skirt patterns. It's a very pretty waistband technique, esp for soft fabrics, and would enable me to take the skirt up at the waist and not mess up those gorgeous flounces. The silk georgette print and the solid lining were a bit wiggly to work with so I used a 2 1/4" template to press that made it a lot easier.
Before with waistband and darts
|Removing waistband - these Kai scissors were wonderful to do this|
|After using Louise Cutting's signature technique|
|Before and detail of double flounce|
|After with coordinating cotton tweed jacket|
I'm looking forward to October when I get to go to Louise Cutting and Linda Lee's workshop/sewing retreat in Florida. For now, I am happy to be able to do all the things I couldn't do a year ago. I still don't have the endurance I used to and tire more easily. I may not get that back but at least I can walk up and down my road and driveway and do anything I put my mind to.
To all those who took the time to write and comment and encourage me, thank you. Over the years I have met people with serious physical problems that were different and many times a lot worse than mine. They never played the victim and inspired me with their courage and determination to live and not wallow in self pity. Put your mind to it and create the life you want and do what you can do. That's what I did even when I didn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I'm glad and fortunate to have found doctors who knew how to make me well.