Slow sewing, and belated Valentine’s day!

I’m still working on Vogue 1317.  I will tell you all the truth – I never would have started this dress if I’d realized just how much work it was!  Every seam is sewn, edge stitched, and top stitched.  In addition, every edge is faced instead of hemmed.  I’ve eliminated the back zipper, pockets, and hem facing, and it’s still taking ages!

I’m pretty unhappy with the way the ties are sewn – they call for making mitered corners on the back, hemming, and trimming close to the stitching.  There’s no way that wouldn’t look terrible in my fabric (ponte) so I eliminated them entirely.  If I were making it again, I would cut two tie pieces and sew them together.  I don’t have enough fabric to make that work, so mine will do without!  Ah well though – I’m nearly finished, so hopefully I will have photos as soon as I sew on the neck facing.

I know my posting is sparse, but I am incredibly busy this semester.  I have rehearsals three nights a week minimum, sometimes more, and I’m maintaining my teaching studio at home along with my teaching at the university.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything though – I love my job, students and colleagues!  We leave for Europe soon, and after that I am going to Dallas for a conference.  After that my schedule should settle down a little.  I am not complaining – I know how lucky I am to do what I love for a living!

In the meantime I’m trying to get together my travel wardrobe, reading a lot, and sewing when I get a chance.    On Valentine’s day Marc and I went to Skyline chili as per our tradition:


Yes, that is red wine in kid’s to-go cups!  Our Skyline has a 3 course meal every year, complete with fancy desserts.  Since Marc is from Cincinnati, he’s always happy to go, especially since most of our friends don’t care for Cincinnati chili. Not to be gross and sentimental, but as each year goes by I am reminded of how lucky I am to have found him – I know I’m not exactly normal, but he’s never expected me to change who I am!  And just to be increasingly sappy, here is my favorite photo of us: we don’t celebrate anniversaries (I’m not a fan of them) but I love this picture from our wedding five years ago!

I always tell my friends this: It’s totally worth waiting to get married until you meet the right person.  I could have gotten married younger, but I’m happy that I didn’t!  It’s worth the wait for someone who will understand you – someone who will never expect you to change into their idea of a perfect spouse.  I never had that before, and now that I do I can’t imagine going back.

Happy belated Valentine’s day!



13 thoughts on “Slow sewing, and belated Valentine’s day!

  1. Aww, that is a gorgeous picture of the two of you. You are lucky to have found one another and you should shout it from the rooftops (or blog post). 🙂

  2. I am making that dress too, but the fabric I chose is not into the top stitching idea. Mine has been set aside for now. Not sure what I am going to do about that issue 🙂

  3. i love skyline chili! i used to live in ohio where i was first introduced to it. i’ve since tracked down and tinkered with a recipe that is a staple in our house.

    i wouldn’t have guessed about all the stitching and top stitching on the vogue dress, i look forward to seeing it though!

  4. Yay Skyline! That sounds like a really fun way to spend Valentine’s day. I’m glad you have someone special to share it with!

  5. What a beautiful photo of the two of you. Marrying later is a good idea, in my opinion. My husband was 39 and I was 35 when we married. 21 years later, we’re still together and still happy. Being more mature at the start was a great help in getting through the tough times. Congratulations on being in love!

  6. Jessica, do you have any favorite Louisville fabric or vintage shops to share? I will be visiting for the first time next month and would love any “insider” destinations you might suggest.


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