Spring Birthday Dress

So here’s my birthday dress for 2015.

The pattern is Dahlia by Colette Patterns. I used the sleeveless version and altered it a little bit to shorten the straps to raise the neckline, and I lengthened the hem in the back to create an asymmetrical hemline.

Its a great pattern, easy and fast to put together, with very little fitting involved considering the gathered bodice and six-panel skirt. I liked the use of self-made bias tape for the straps and sleeve binding, it was a nicely finished detail that didn’t require a lot of effort. I’ll probably try the sleeve version when it gets to be closer to fall again and I’m looking for warmer clothing.

I wrote a review of this pattern here: Colette Dahlia Dress ★★★★

The fabric was a spring green linen I found on sale at joann’s and simply had to have. But I wanted a bit of color to really give some detail, so I added the hand embroidery.

Colette Dahlia Dress ★★★★

2lineartThe colette dahlia was quite easy, and is definitely a true beginner pattern. The way you use bias tape to create the straps is quite clever, and will definitely help anyone who has a fear of inset sleeves (as I definitely first did).

This pattern does suffer from the same problem as many colette patterns where her drafted bodice is larger than average. The use of gathers and the lack of darts means that you can mostly get around it, but if I wanted to be true to fit I’d have to do a bust adjustment.

Version 2 is perfect for a comfortable summer party dress. I’ve yet to give version 1 a try with the sleeve, but I’m sure it will be just as easy and fun as the first.

Here’s what I made with the Dahlia: Spring Birthday Dress

Birthday Present for Myself

So, for my birthday I bought a loom. Yep. Get prepared for lots and lots of weaving pictures, because this is what my life is going to be.

The loom is a 36″ Leclerc Loom. Its a brand thats located in quebec, and has been building basically the exact same loom since 1764. Its a beautiful piece, and I’m excited to see what I can create with it.

Last night I celebrated with a glass of mead while warping up my first overshot pattern. That’s what its called when you have patterns where large areas of thread “float over” the base weave. That’s a horrible description, but if you’re really curious, you can google it. You can kind of see what I’m talking about in the final picture of the “reverse” side, where the blue threads float above the white for long portions. I’m still learning a lot, and it is far too fun.

Death Comes To Pemberly ★★

Okay, so I thought I’d hate this book. I decided to read it because I actually did watch the TV series remake. Which I also thought I’d hate, and then actually ended up liking. And then I realized it was written by PD James, who is an actual mystery writer, not just someone who managed to get horrible fanfiction published. So then I thought I might love this book.

I ended up more more in the middle. I’m honestly not sure if I like it more than the show or not, which is a pretty scandalous thing for me to say. The show was super dramatized, as one would expect. It was not subtle. But it wasn’t horrible either, and it had pretty costumes, and the acting was decent. I really enjoyed how they portrayed the interactions between Darcy and Elizabeth, I could imagine both of them growing into those people. I also really liked the interactions between Lydia and Wickham, it made sense for them. The characters flowed comfortably from the book into this future. I thought the mystery of it all was glossed over too easily, and a lot of the actions were too dramatized, but thats what I was looking forward to in the book.

Instead, well, I hesitate to call the book a mystery at all. Sure, I guy died, and by the end of it all they figured out what happened. But well, no one was really looking to try to find out what happened. The great reveal moment came from a non-character, and no one actually investigated at all. A letter just magically appears explaining All. That was very unsatisfying.

Also, there were almost NO interactions between Darcy and Elizabeth, or Lydia and Wickham. There was no character development. There was no insight into the intervening years at Pemberly, or anywhere. To say that there was less annoying drama than the TV show is technically a true statement, but a bit unfair. There was nothing there. No characters to feel involved with at all. Elizabeth was barely a character at all.

To be perfectly honest, I felt a bit cheated by it all. I wanted the book to have more detail than the show, and I feel like I actually got less. To add to that, the book didn’t actually do anything offensive or annoying, so I can’t even enjoy hating it! It’s a fast easy unoffensive vaguely interesting read. It was alright. That’s all I can say.