By Jeannie Watt
Things are quiet on the ranch right now. They were really quiet a couple of days ago when the guy who farms the fields ran over my internet/phone cable while plowing, neatly snipping it in two. Fortunately the phone guys found the problem and repaired the cable, so I’m up and running again. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to look things up on my computer while I was writing only to have that annoying dinosaur appear with the message, “No Internet.” Argh.
This is the time of year when I start thinking about what to sew to wear to RWA Nationals. I’m a rural girl who loves to dress up, but I don’t get a lot of opportunities to do so. The cows really don’t care what I wear, you know?
Every year, I sew at least one vintage dress to wear to the conference. This year I’m going to make this dress from 1953 in the green silk dupioni shown in the background. The skirt is lined in taffeta, so I won’t need a crinoline, although I may still wear one. I love interesting necklines, so this will be fun to make.
For the Harlequin Party, which I assume will be a black and white ball, I’m considering making this dress, which is pseudo-vintage in that the pattern is over a decade old. I’m thinking white satin with black flowers at the waist and shoulders so that it doesn't look like a wedding dress. I have no idea how that will work, but I have a black dress as a backup just in case. Personally, I think I can make it work.
This dress from 1954 is another contender for conference if I can find the right fabric.
And I’m going to experiment with making some 1940s and 1950s blouses. I find these fascinating and I think I can wear them with jeans.
So that’s where I am. It’s quiet on the ranch, I’m writing like crazy to make deadline and I’m about to embark on some sewing adventures. What’s on your summer agenda?