Fast forward to February 14, 2015.
/Scene/: The winds are howling outside. The windows are laced with snow.
My husband lights a fire and I light the candles.
It's Valentine's Day. I pour a glass of wine while he checks the oven. Dinner is almost ready.
Hope you head on over to the Fabricista Challenge page on the FabricMart Blog and vote for your favorite red dress! Voting is Wednesday and Thursday, and the winner is announced on Friday.
If you're still reading, here is the rest of the story:
Living in Illinois, where it will get to be zero degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, one of my pet peeves is stores selling sleeveless, mini dresses for the winter season. Come on, people! It's freezing outside, and even inside, it is not that warm, so get real! Most of us just wear red sweaters- I swear- it's our Illinois holiday uniform. You go to a party anytime between December and March, and you wear a red sweater. Unless you are really feeling sexy, and then you wear a black sweater. But still- its a SWEATER, not a SLEEVELESS mini-dress.
So, for this challenge, I wanted to make a winter dress, and found a ruby red rayon velvet in my stash. I have loved velvet since I was a little girl and had a doll named Velvet- Crissy's blonde younger cousin. You remember- the ones whose hair could grow? You pushed their belly buttons, and then pulled the hair out of holes in the top of their heads. No, I'm not making this up; I cross my heart. This was high tech in 1970. Velvet had a purple velvet dress- SLEEVELESS! Even then they were pushing these sleeveless dresses down our throats.
|Velvet and Crissy dolls|
I would not go into this velvet sewing project without an arsenal of weapons.
First- a thick terry towel. Whaaaat? Are you going to the gym, or sewing? What's that got to do with sewing? Well, you cannot iron velvet without the pile flattening out. Pile is that kitten like plushness that you want to pet. Flatten it out, and you lose that "pet"ability.
Second- Spray adhesive. You're thinking. "So you won't iron this stuff, but you'll spray glue all over it?" Yup, that's right. Well, technically not all over it. Cover everything with newspaper, BUT the seams that you want to work on. So, they get the glue, and then you can stick them together instead of pinning, before you sew the seam. Works beautifully.
Third- Wonder Tape. You mean the sticky double sided tape? Yes, that's the one. I wouldn't even think of hemming or inserting a zipper into this fabric without it.
I loved doing this challenge! It's fun to think of all the possible scenarios that you could be wearing a red dress in, and what form that red dress might take. I feel a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz that I decided that there's "no place like home" to wear my perfect ruby red dress.