What up Washington DC! Julia Bobbin is loitering your streets! Yes that's right, Ms. Bobbin and her Australian passport have jet setted over to the business end of the U.S.A. and is absolutely loving it.
I arrived Friday evening after a 20 hour plain ride. Yes. that's right.
When I finally arrived at Dulles International airport I felt like I had been hit on the head with a piano. I also looked like I had been punched in the face about three times. With steel knuckles. You know you look bad when small children look at you and start crying for no reason.
Thank the good Lord for coffee.
Because I am away for training for a week and a half, I haven't had the opportunity to photograph any of my new outfits, so I thought I'd share a dress with you that I made about ten months ago using Vogue Pattern 1190, a Tracy Reese design.
I had this pattern in my stash for quite some time and had never really been motivated to make it. Then one night I was minding my own business sitting on the couch, chip crumbs down my top watching one of my favourite shows 'How I met your mother'. The awesome Robin Scherbatsky makes her pretty way onto the TV screen and I cry out in surprise! The character is wearing a Tracy Reese dress and By Jove! it's the dress that I have the vogue pattern for!
There is nothing more motivating then seeing a celebrity wearing a dress that you know you can recreate.
So I got busy with some purple polyester satin and here is the result.
Obviously the colours are different to the Scherbatsky version, but the style is the same.
I shortened the bodice at the shoulder seams by two cm's and I changed the skirt to a half circle for a more flattering fit on me. I contrasted the purple with a black bow and waist band.
If I made this dress again I would re-think the bodice. The shape is quite low cut and as a result pretty revealing. Maybe I could just invest in a few well placed snap closures, or raise the neckline somehow.
I love the girliness of this dress and I think it looks lovely in a purple.
On a side note, I am in love with Washington D.C! On day one of my schedule I visited a fabric store which I'm sure will surprise none of you. I made my way over to Exquisite fabrics, which is aptly named and almost started hyperventilating. The store, jam packed with couture fabrics and imported delights was having a 50-70% off sale on all their freaking fabrics!
Holy seam-ripper! This stuff never happens to me!
The store is relocating and will be closed temporarily from next Saturday so their stuff has been significantly reduced. It took considerable self discipline to not start bawling my eyes out as a result of over stimulation. Once I got my vitals going again I ravaged the store and came out 2 hours later, $200 poorer and full of song.
I think I'm going to like it here ....