Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Peterman Dress, Round 2

Remember the Peterman Dress? Although the version I made was okay, it didn't really fit the way I wanted it to.

Lo and behold, PatternMaster Boutique Version 5, just released last month, has greatly improved the kimono-style draft! With great excitement, I printed out a new pattern and finally got the dress finished yesterday.

The verdict: We have a winnah!!

No more bat wings! It fits great and is so comfortable!

Back view:

The fabric I used came from my stash, as this was going to be a "wearable muslin." But when I realized it would fit so nicely, I went ahead and finished it properly, with covered buttons and a self-fabric belt.

When I showed the dress to my PMB group (when it was still unfinished), they recommended I make a coat using the same pattern choices (but with more ease, of course). Sounds like a plan!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mourning Time

My husband and I went out to lunch today after a meeting with our insurance agent. It turns out the parking lot for the restaurant was undergoing some renovations, including repainting the big blue squares for handicap parking spaces.

Notice that there are no cones, signs or any other indication that this is wet paint. Yep, I walked on it and landed flat on my kiester.

Since we were quite a way from home, and there was paint seeping through my clothing, we had to go to the nearest store and pick up a pair of pants so I wouldn't be stuck with a two-toned outfit for the day. When I stripped off the pants in the K-Mart dressing room, I discovered that the paint had soaked clear through to my skin.
The management company has offered to reimburse me for the cost of the pants, as well as for the emergency replacement. Still, it's sad to see one of your own creations lost to a blur of blue paint.

I'm just sad to lose a pair of custom-made pants to such indignity.

Update: I valued the pants at $120 and the management company didn't quibble. So I'll be getting a check from them next week for that, plus the cost of the emergency replacements. I'm sure they're just relieved I didn't threaten to sue them.