A Cozy Fail

I’ve said this before and I will say it a billion more times before I die – I am a cold weather person. Growing up, there was nothing better than waking up, looking out your window, and seeing a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground. I loved when I was the first one outside, everything silent and untouched. I felt like I was trespassing on some secret, magical place, and anything could happen. I was in Narnia, and Mr. Tumnus would show up at any minute.

But then my other siblings would join and we would spend the next hour or so running around and throwing snow balls, essentially ruining the effect. Then, after a lot of rolling around, making snow angels, building snow men (or the crazy impressive snow dog I made one winter), we would go inside, change into something snuggly, and drink hot chocolate.

This was pre-internet, so nights were spent either reading books next to the fire, or watching something as a family. Some of my favorite nights or dark winter afternoons were spent playing on the floor with my toys, while my dad listened to Tchaikovsky or Korshakov.

Basically – I don’t think of winter and cold weather as the freezing time of the year. I think of it as a time of magic, nature, and coziness.

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And so we come to this dress. I had so many snuggly visions for this dress. We spent a few weeks with my family in Ohio for Christmas this year, and I wanted to finish this dress before the trip. Just looking at the material, which is a light flannel, I get cosy vibes. Paired with a turtleneck, some tights, cute short boots, and a long necklace – I imagined myself wearing this in some kind of local coffee shop, curled up with a book and espresso, occasionally looking out the window to the gently falling snow.

Alas – this didn’t happen.

I wasn’t able to finish it in time. Even though I had every intention of finishing it up while in Ohio with my mom’s sewing machine, I found myself in a self-induced food/puzzles/Doctor Who coma. I don’t think I even bothered to take the fabric out of my suitcase. However, about a month after returning to Florida, I finally finished the dress, hoping for a redo of my cozy plans next winter.

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This is the same pattern I talked about last week, but instead of the gathered skirt version, I made the fitted version. When I first saw this version of the pattern, I immediately envisioned it with buttons down the front. Unfortunately, I did not calculate well and the first button placket I added made the dress too small. So – I tried to make a larger placket! Easy fix, right? Nope! Making a larger placket threw off the dimensions for the rest of the dress.

Sigh.

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I should mention this was my first attempt at hacking a pattern. The end result looks pretty on my dress form, but sadly looks lumpy and silly on me. We will add this to the “lessons learned” category, and move along.

Maybe at some point I will go back and fix this dress. After far too many experiences with my seam ripper though, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Until next time,

Allie

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