"I think I'm ready for a new signature all-purpose party dress. Green with brown leaves and I have had an amazing run, but it's just time. And by "new," it could very well be the exact same cut in a different fabric (navy cotton?). Care to dust of the ol' Dress-o-Matic?"
Granted this request goes against my current me-me-me belief system, but it's just so hard to say no to a friend with dire dress needs. And, thankfully by "new" Kirsten also means "dress you already started and intended to keep for yourself". It just so happens that I have a mostly made dress in my possession that fit Kirsten's description to a T.
A few years back, I decided that I wanted "the perfectly polished navy blue dress" to wear with some yellowy leather boots I bought. I found a beautiful lightweight wool and a kicky, colorful silk lining and started work. Now, as we know, pre-2011 Liz didn't like to try on dresses she made for herself until it was too late. Needless to say, the post-zipper/pre-hem dress has been in storage ever since, waiting it's turn for alterations.
When I got Kirsten's message, I dug out the dress and, well, it's just as pretty as I remember. (Sigh.) When I had Kirsten try it on last week, it fit her perfectly. I guess the dress was just meant to be hers. I am in the process of making a few changes - just to up the ante. The dress originally had a high back and I am going to give it a low scoop. Also, I think I may lose the cap sleeves.
Although I am happy to put a previously unfinished project into circulation, I'm afraid that I am a tad jealous that I won't get to wear this one. Envy aside, what are friends for but to augment the closets of their nearest and dearest.
Sooooo . . . about the March dress? Tick-tock, am I right? More to come on that. As you can see I got distracted.