Ignore the dark circles

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to finally attempt sewing some clothes for me (for now why don't we just quietly ignore the resolution about cleaning the garage, ok?). I had originally planned to wait until I was in the shape that I was in, ooh, 9 years ago, but that was starting to look like a very long wait. It's been very much a three steps forward, one step back, one step forward, two steps back type of thing. Excessive chocolate consumption probably hasn't helped...
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This is the 'muslin' version for a schoolhouse tunic, using some cheap fabric that I had inherited. The fabric is too heavy and thick - completely the wrong fabric for this pattern really, but I just wanted to have a practice first.
I had the theory that I should probably follow a pattern for my first attempt at adult clothes, but now I'm not so sure. My measurements seemed to be a good fit for this pattern, but I ended up altering it in several places. It would have probably have been more forgiving in a lighter weight fabric, but I ended up taking some of the width off the bodice, adding a hint of waist shaping, plus angling the back bodice, so that it followed the curve of the back better.
As for the length, it didn't seem quite so short until I saw the pictures taken from that angle...
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So, for the Translation of the Day, a word suggested by Jackie seems appropriate:
UK English: tart = a prostitute or promiscuous woman in US English. (It can also be applied to a man these days)
UK English: get tarted up = to dress and get made up in a provocative fashion in US English. nb. it can also be used for just improving the appearance of something, though. You could tart up a room ready for a party. Or I might say that I was getting tarted up for a night out, just because I was wearing make up and smarter clothes, even if they were not provocative.
UK English: slapper = a promiscuous woman or tramp in US English (slightly more extreme than tart)
UK English: slag = a prostitute or promiscuous woman in US English (slightly more extreme than slapper)
UK English: slag off = to bad mouth someone verbally in US English (usually to their face) .
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As in, does this dress make me look like a tart? I get tarted up so rarely, that it might just be that I am not used to not wearing jeans. Still, I wouldn't want people to think that I am sort of slapper.
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Luckily the pictures are small enough that you can't see all the grey hairs that I could see in the bigger version. One of the problems with living in LA County is that I think that I will be the only person around here under 70 that can't be bothered to dye my greys.
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Ooh, while on the subject of California, does anyone have any recommendations for things to see in San Francisco and Sacramento? We'll only be there for a day or so each. Ok, I had better run if I'm to squeeze in a swim today. Take care,

17 comments:

  1. i think you look great! and if short is what you're going for, you can pull it off. it'll also look good with leggings or skinny jeans (or dare i say it... jeggings)!

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  2. You are too cute!!! I wish that I could still wear something that short!!!

    Only one day in SF??? I would just have to tell you to get out and walk. It is such a fabulous city for walking. There is always Alcatraz Island, the wharf, the cable cars, Golden Gate Park, etc., etc., etc. Have a wonderful time

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  3. Oh dear--I am a terrible advocate for my hometown (sacramento) but if the weather is nice midtown is lovely for walking (the midtown grid) and you could eat at Magpie which is closer to downtown than midtown. I also just found this blog, ironically written by a real life friend who I failed to realize had started a new blog. It has an I heart Sacramento section that may provide ideas. http://glitterandgrungeblog.blogspot.com/

    As for SF definitely walk around. If you go to the Sweet Juniper blog and google 10 things san francisco you get a cool post of things to do. one is Clement St and there is a cheap mill end fabric store on Clement called Fabric X. We recently went to the Exploratorium for the first time with Biscuit and it was really cool but if you only have a day walk around. I also like Chestnut St and Japantown and Chinatown are fun. So many places!

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  4. SF--don't miss a hot fudge sundae at Ghirardelli Square. Oh yeah, the wharf--say hi to the seals, and Golden Gate Bridge/park. Don't know about Sacramento--(even though I lived there--capitol building?).

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  5. fab legs hunnie :) personally i would say it is an inch or 2 too short, but hey, you can carry it off!

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  6. i think it looks like a great pattern, and at this length would be great as a tunic style top over jeans etc.

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  7. It's a bit hard to tell because the pictures are small... but I think I like that fabric. I like the colour anyway!
    And as for the length? If your legs can look that good after too much chocolate consumption... bring on the chocolate I say! :D Seriously though, the length it is, add some leggings and you definitely will NOT match your translated words ;) Add another inch or two and you could wear it anwhere. Do what you feel comfortable with - and HAVE FUN!

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  8. I would highly recommend a tour of Alcatraz, but you should buy tickets in advance, and visiting the Ferry Building Market. If you have time for a short drive, I would also recommend driving to the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and taking a look towards the city from the park area up there. In Sac, there's old town, which I hear is quite pretty.

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  9. Cute top!

    I have tons of grey hair, and it's showing up in pictures more and more. As for the length, I'd pair with leggings for San Francisco, but in the LA area you could probably go even shorter and nobody would blink an eye =)

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  10. Very cute! You and the dress:)

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  11. You look fantastic! I loved hearing your alterations of the pattern,because it's on my list to make... after the consequences of MY holiday chocolate consumption have magically melted away. Only a day in SF will mean strategy. The Exploritorium really is a must with kids. Have a great time!

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  12. you are just as cute as can be!! and greys? what greys?

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  13. I agree with everyone else, you're cute as a button! Patterned hose (black and lacy) would be adorable with the boots/short skirt combo and maybe make you feel less self-conscious.

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  14. I think the length looks good on you. And if you are comfortable with it - that's all the matters. I cant wait to see your final one.

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  15. I think you look great in the tunic,the length is good on you. Looking forward to seeing the final dress. I've been meaning to sew more clothes mainly for my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. definitely cute! make it again in the thinner fabric and wear it with some leggings or skinny jeans and you got yourself a comfy outfit! I have resolved to make more clothing too...thankfully I don't have a garage : ) (but I do have an attic...)

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