If you’ve been following my blog for long, you’ll remember that I’ve been working on a dress for a friend who is wheelchair bound with MS. Her name is Peg, and she just celebrated 40 years being married to her best friend, Joe. She’d wanted something really special to wear to her anniversary party, and so hired me to make her an outfit. I’d talked about the beginning of the process in the post, “Sewing Adaptive Patterns.” An adaptive pattern is one that is altered so that a person with limited mobility can have clothes that are easy to put on, and yet attractive.
I’d made a necktie for Joe, and it wasn’t easy to sell him on a flowered pattern! Peggy can be a stinker, and up to the day before the party, she was telling Joe that I’d sewn a bow tie for him. I think he tried to hide his disappointment at that news, so he was a little surprised when I delivered a standard tie. He looked really good in black pants, a black button-down oxford shirt, and his flowered tie. Of course the tie didn’t last long, and we didn’t get a picture of him wearing it. But here it is, draped over Peg’s dress.
So the dress: I loved how it looked on her once we got it all tailored. But let me say that the dress that we finished with looks only vaguely like the flannel mock-up I made. So from the starting point, I had altered a Chinese-style shirt pattern, so that the hem was long enough and wide enough to turn it into a dress. Then I made the mock-up, which we further altered to add in princess seams and a back zipper. From there we cut the actual dress cloth, which was further altered to lower the collar, narrow the cuffs, add mock sleeve buttons, etc.
What this means is that I can’t go back to my flannel mock-up to create another dress for her. Too much altering has happened to it. On the other hand, this was a great learning experience that stretched both of us! We had to get out of our comfort zones and we didn’t know what would be the result when we were done.
We were both pleasantly surprised with how well the dress came out. She looked beautiful in it (but then, I think she’s beautiful anyway). We had a wonderful time at their anniversary party. Joe was so funny as he gave a monologue roast of some of his family and friends. It was neat that he introduced us to the people who have shaped his and Peggy’s lives. It helps newer friends like us to get a taste of the breadth and scope of who they are.
In other news…
I’m nearly done with taking the Acai Berry… the bottle is almost empty. I’ve updated my “Acai Berry Craze” post to add in my latest findings with this experiment.