My sister and I laughed and laughed when I brought out this fabric. I had been doing a show-and-tell of internet purchases that hadn't been quite as I expected. This one was the last to come out, because it is all very well to admit a mistake, but who wants to admit to an expensive mistake...yes, the tell-tale zig-zags and divine colour combinations give this away as Missoni fabric. The fabric is gorgeous and covetable, yes, but standing in the hot climate of Townsville, I felt like I was holding a horse blanket.
A few weeks ago I was preparing to visit Brisbane for the christening of my nephew. Two days before we left I decided that I needed to make up the fabric if I was ever going to wear it before the silverfish got to it. I climbed out of my bed, where I had been languishing since having my wisdom teeth removed, and sewed the main peices together of a Twinkle pattern for a dropped shoulder minidress. I looked in the mirror and was devastated at the result. The weight of the wool and zig-zags across the shoulder made me look like a front-row forward. The dress fell to the floor and I fell back in bed.
The next day I attended "nursery-rhyme day" at school, visited the dentist, ran around on errands and then found myself with half an hour to spare before school pick-up. Could I salvage the dress in half an hour? Well, in for a penny, in for a pound, and I pulled out my Ottobre t-shirt pattern and starting snipping away and stitching up. The result was promising.
Late that night, halfway through packing, I added the cowl. The Twinkle pattern had pleats around the neckline as well as the cowl, but I found I had only cut one length for the pleats instead of two, and short of time, I decided to do away with pleats. I guess I could go back and add them in now? I finished all the little handstitching bits when I got to Brisbane.
I got to wear this dress a-plenty during my holiday because it was so cold. I was freezing whilst Peter snapped this photo, and went out and bought a singlet and thicker leggings to wear underneath. Back here in Townsville, cold weather is so difficult to comprehend! However, we do usually get one or two more cold days, so I just may get to wear this dress again before I pack it away for the summer.
I did have a little bit of fabric shopping success whilst in Brisbane. I stumbled into a dress shop in Paddington to find a table of remnants left from seasons past. Beautiful linens and silks at great prices. I bought up most of the remnants for less than the price of a single garment in this shop!