April 28th kicked off imagine gnats' "Selfish Sewing Week." I should not have participated since I can never finish anything in a week and all of my sewing is technically selfish. But I decided to try to sew something anyway.
During this past month I have experienced some extreme lows as well as some amazing highs. I can't speak to most of it quite yet, but one of my lows was losing my dog Bailey to a pituitary macrotumor in the middle of April. Bailey had been my faithful companion for the past 13 years. I still have days when I'll remember something special about her and tear up. But we are adjusting to life without her being here and we were all lucky to have experienced her unconditional love (except for Phoebe...their relationship was a little one sided...Phoebe did the loving and Bailey tolerated her...sometimes). My other dog Max is currently curled up at my feet in a Benadryl induced snooze after eating a bumblebee.
I loved it! After my past few weeks, I felt that I deserved at little bit of selfish treating. Instead of patiently agonizing over what pattern would work best, I immediately dove in and created another Laurel. It's only my fourth Laurel dress. Is that excessive??? I also thought a simple shift would work best with this pattern, I wanted to leave most of it intact. It has birds! It had to stay all birdy.
My previous three Laurels were all cut the same, size 16 in the bodice and grading out to an 18 around the hips. But my last Laurel was a little snug up top, my poor bust darts wouldn't fit over my bust. I can only wear it with a cardigan or jacket (which isn't a big deal...since I wear cardigans with EVERYTHING).
So although almost 98% of my sewing is for me, I am deeming this dress selfish sewing because I bought fabric that I really wanted and forgot about price for a moment. Which is why my most recent fabric purchase was $5/yard....
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