i actually made this dress over two years ago, let it hang for a while, finished it in a mono-induced spurt of productivity, and then hated on it for another year. while it’s adorable, and i love the original pattern, i couldn’t make it quite click for me. also, now that i know from a moulage, the back doesn’t fit comfortably and that bothers me.
fortunately, a nice, matching belt from pat’s seemed to work out all of those kinks. and it was almost 90F yesterday in NYC. in APRIL. that demands a summer dress, wouldn’t you say?
also, now that i have found the most amazing sweater-shrug EVER, i had something to wear over this little sleeveless specimen so that i could not die of hyopthermia in my office. am i the only one with this problem? sometimes, in august, when i am wearing a wool cardigan and sitting under a blanket, i am pretty sure i am. and the cardigans get old fast, especially when a little shrug that hits right at the natural waist is a much more flattering option…
in other news: stay tuned this week for a renfrew debut. i am in love, friends. this is the perfect basic T for me and is going straight into the TNT pile. i’ve already got a second one made, even, but i am saving it for a TSW post. look at me, planning ahead!
i mentioned my bramble problem, right? well, look what emerged from the ether: a blossoming apple tree! and look what it left behind:
and, finally, after 10-12 hours of work this weekend, an in-ground raspberry patch featuring golden “anne”, black “jewel” and, on the other side of the yard, red “encore” berries.