Friday, March 19, 2010

Adventures in hemming

March 19, originally uploaded by Cohabitating_Closet.

My new sewing machine (and loads of wedding gifts) came in the mail today. For the virgin run, I decided to do something that is actually quite hard- hemming a thin jersey dress (thicker and double knit jerseys are much easier to work with, I've read).

close up of pattern, hem

But I figured why not. It's a second hand dress from Ebay (acquired when I first realized that I needed more color and wanted to experiment with cheaper goods) that cost less than $10 including shipping. It was an awkward "at the knee length". The end result is hardly perfect, but it it works for me. I recently thrifted these wedges for $10 at a charity shop. Pretty brown, 3" heels, but comfortable, and they make my (proportionally) shorter legs look rather long.

Why do I like wood and cork on shoes so much?

Blokey and I have had a rough week. Coming down the high of the wedding was rough, as was that whole "springing forward" nonsense, but what's really been difficult is that a really violent crime happened on our block on Monday night, and Blokey saw a lot of it from our fourth floor window. We called 911, and we're both on the police report. He couldn't see much, but the NYPD will be popping by with a criminal sketch on Saturday. I am saddened by this, but poor fella is really traumatized. Not for his safety, but for mine and poor young woman who was victimized.

This is a long way of saying that I've not been productive on my writing today, or yesterday. Probably not tomorrow. I have been busy making bread, working on some backed up emails, and opening boxes (our cat is in feline heaven). Spring break starts next Wednesday and I am just going to keep my head above water until then.

Dress: second hand Ebay, shortened by me
shoes: Aerosoles, thrifted
belt: thrifted


  1. Yikes. I am so sorry about whatever unfolded on your block. That sounds horrifying and I hope you keep yourself safe! xox

    Lovely dress and the hemming and wedges make your legs look a mile long.

  2. That's a GREAT outfit! You look so so good! I know you guys have had a rough week - I hope you can at least do a little relaxing this weekend (and get out in that dress!!!)