I must be dumb. I must actually be sooooo dumb, because I get carried away so easily.
It arrived yesterday. And can I just say it was even more exciting when it arrived, I like everything in this book – and would make the lot. If only I could understand what to do! So crushing!
I did make this as a gift for my absolutely precious and loved, love, LOVED Aunty, whose birthday is today. It is deceptively simple in design – a spiral which hangs as a frill around ones neck. Perfect for a woman who sees getting dressed as theatre (just one of the reasons I adore her). Easy and glamorous. Easy? who said easy……. Ironing a double hem in silk organza is torture! If I made it again I might go for some kind of affected fraying instead and pass it off as a design feature. That can be our secret OK?
The ironing is the least of my worries. On opening the fabulous book – in Japanese but apparently with easy to follow instructions one sees loads of fabbo clothes. Fabbo if your idea of ‘large’ is a size 12. After measuring myself I find that I am 10cm in girth over ‘large’. Sure I’m not gamine – but I’m no godzilla either. Ok, Ok. Breathe deep. Lets go to the pattern sheet included at the back of the book.
Oh, oh, ohhhhhhhhh. All the patterns are drawn directly on top of each other. An economical design feature that makes perfect sense if you can follow the written directions. As it is – the book has pictures of the basic shapes of the garments – so I can guess at which piece belongs where, and perhaps with the help of some highlighters I may be able to make some sense of them, trace them on to blank pattern paper and enlarge them. Oh I feel faint.
See – dumb.