Happy New Year!
I trust you all made the most of the holidays and having done so, are now (like me) ready for things to get back to normal.
I have been looking back at last year’s resolutions and am pleased to say that I have (for the most part) kept them.
I could do more exercise and I still haven’t learnt the piano, but I have knitted socks, made edible toffee and joined a book club; so I’m calling 2008 a success.
And I’m very pleased to say that Henry is still wearing odd socks every chance he gets.
I’m not making resolutions this year. So there.
My only achievement over the holidays has been to finish my red dress.
And boy, am I glad I have.
The combination of a vintage pattern (with some 80 steps to follow), the silky, slippery fabric and complicated shaping made this dress a real challenge.
The dress is very different to anything we would buy today, with it’s high neckline, shoulder pads and gathers around the waist.
But, I guess I could have worked that out before spending a year making it…
What I love about the dress, however, is how it makes me feel.
The dress is rather demure and feminine, and makes me want to be extremely well groomed, refined and elegant.
In fact, the red dress has already made me paint my nails.
If I were feeling very brave (and believed for a moment that I could actually make them) I would order this fantastic vintage Vogue pattern and make one to wear with my red dress.
Why aren’t we all elegant and feminine and glamorous anymore? Well, maybe you are. But I dress pretty much like my sons: jeans and a t shirt.
Actually, maybe I will make a resolution.
In 2009 I resolve to be better turned out; in fact, I’m going to pronk.
Yes, I will ‘pronk’ my wardrobe and ‘hygge‘ everything else.