Sunday, October 23, 2011


I turned 35 this past Wednesday. That's an age that seemed solidly in the "grown-up" camp when I was a child (heck, even when I was 20), so it's funny to hit it and realize, I'm still a total goofball. Granted, a total goofball with a husband, child, mortgage, and increasing number of "smile lines," but nonetheless a goofball.

Wednesday birthdays are not too exciting at the best of times, and this one fell during some of the busiest and craziest days of my legal career to date (even my boss, who has been at this for 30 years, was amazed at the progression of legal disasters this past week). But I still managed to squeeze in dinner and a margarita (okay, two margaritas), so all is well.

Of course, I had to get myself a couple of birthday presents. That's how things work around here. So I finally purchased Sewing For Boys, which has been on my wish-list for a while now. It looks awesome, people. Jam-packed with well-designed patterns. These ladies have really stepped the sewing-book genre up a notch.

I also spent a pretty penny on custom-printed organic cotton knit from Spoonflower! I can't wait for that package to arrive.

But before I make even more clothes for Joe, who is rolling in hand-me-downs and really doesn't need clothing (besides, he'd rather be naked anyway), I think I will make something for myself. First up, Colette's Peony, in a navy blue ikat. I was not planning on making the cummerbund, as I like the lines of the dress as-is. We'll see whether I can squeeze the longer sleeves out of my fabric, as I was possibly a bit too stingy in purchasing yardage. But pockets, of course, are non-negotiable.

This project will involve a couple new skills ... I was planning to line it, and it calls for an invisible zipper. Eek! I'm sure you'll be hearing all about that!

Now, if I could just get some of that grown-up patience and wisdom that folks promised would come in my 30s ...


  1. Ha ha, cummerbunds always make me laugh.

    Ooh, fancy banner!

  2. Happy birthday! I recently turned (gulp) 41, I can't tell you what a thrill that was, but I can tell you I haven't got any more sensible or organised.
    I can't wait to see your Peony dress, sounds lovely, and also I'm dying to see what you ordered from Spoonflower. So much choice!

  3. yay for pockets :) just celebrated my 34th (in a similar fashion... with fabrics and patterns!) and i feel like just as much of a goof as i did a decade ago.

  4. Happy birthday!

    Can't wait to see your Peony!

  5. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    And I can't wait to see the dress...I love ikat fabric!


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