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May 28, 2011

you understand the word satire, dont you?

"An ideal homemaker is lovely to look at and lovely to be around--she has a wholesome attitude and a pleasing appearance. She has the courage to be happy and strives to live above the faults of moodiness, sulkiness, and complaining. She is gracious and thoughtful and is consequently adored by her family and admired by all who know her."

---Daryl V. Hoole

(The Art of Homemaking 1967)
from here 

the truth is, I personally know some homemakers who fit this description perfectly. It is always a joy to visit them...so it is not utopian, as I want to claim. 

May 23, 2011

I made the party dress




After bookmarking the page and  spending hours daydreaming about the possible fabric combinations, I made this dress,  though I did not take the time to make good photos. Loved the tutorial, was very easy to follow and  the result is pure couture! No exposed seams, no riffraff, wonderful elegance. I fall in love with the dress each time I see her wear  it..


 I did not use the pattern, only the tutorial. Now my hands itch to make every dress with hidden seams. Thank you, Lindsay!

a light summer dress


Sometimes when I look at vintage children's patterns, I think.. Why are they so short? Not modest enough..Little girls' clothes were so much shorter in the seventies and eighties. why? was it the rationing? maybe.

Then I think.... Why not? Little girls are little. There is no concern of modesty of  a two-year-old.. or there should not be. They can wear whatever they are comfortable in.

So I made this dress. Not copied or anything, this is just a petticoat dress.. very easy dress that they teach the beginners in our sewing classes.

I had a little bit of arabic cotton- I think voile- leftover from another project. just right for the scorching summer that is beginning here in Doha.

Then I made a discovery. The 3x gathering of the skirt part makes the dress flare out when she sits.. no question of offending anyone's delicate eyes.

Is this too short? 


I love this dress.. such a light fabric, i can scrunch the dress up and hide it in my fist. I am making a couple more, to take to India when we next go..because it is sweltering hot and humid when it is not raining. This cotton will work wonderfully.

p.s. her hair is growing fast after we shaved it all off in march..though, sadly, I find no evidence of her babycurls..oh I loved her curly hair. Now it seems it will be wavy like mine.  :(

p.p.s. I  discontinued the part-time teaching job. I have discovered that  " teacher" is definitely not the profession I'm capable of.

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