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I don’t mind nerd but I do mind dork or MMMay13 Makeover Magic – Chapter Two

I am an emotional worker of wovens. I will not use the word sewer, the fact that it is a homograph for sewer makes me want to leap into the main drain with the effluent. Needlewoman I could do but I’m not sure that drawing attention to my gender is necessary. Anyway, fickle and flightly as it may be, how a garment makes me feel is important. The absolute worst, soul-destroying, I AM WASTING MY LIFE moments of sewing come when a garment makes me feel that I inhabit a body that was hastily assembled on a Friday afternoon from ill-matched components by people who, given that it was Friday, would have much rather been in the pub.

Exhibit A

the dentist will see you now
the dentist will see you now

Exhibit B

dress of ultimate dorkdom
dress of ultimate dorkdom

Now whilst I know my place on the Dork/Babe axis – happy nerd with a hint of hippy home-made whose days off for good behaviour are spent avoiding the sartorial inevitability that is the librarian’s twin-set and pearls – there are times when hand-crafted can plummet me into the Depths of Dorkdom.

Tempted as I was to burn the evidence, I offered both items their day in the Court of Appeal.

Yes, that is a zip
Yes, that is a zip
Embroidery in-fill
Embroidery in-fill

Verdict? Despite the lace she’s still very chaste. I’m not entirely convinced but I have an attachment to the fabric so she’s out on bail.

Dragged daughter off her sick-sofa to take this.
Dragged daughter off her sick-sofa to take this.
And this.  Looks better than I thought.
And this. Looks better than I thought.

Verdict? Not Guilty m’lud.

(Very possibly I have been over-doing the Radio 4 crime dramas. How’s a girl to resist? Rumpole contains a large helping of Benedict Cumberbatch).

So! We live to sew another day. May marches on, day by day new colours are painted into the hedgerow. The cool, bright white of the Blackthorn blossom is joined by the acid green of the hawthorn leaves. Cherry trees bloom. Breezes buffet the laden boughs brushing free the loose petals that rain down in random polka-dots accross the paths. An exhausted male Blackbird shepherds his two HUGE fledglings to the garden: “Feed yourselves you lazy bleeders”. They follow him across the tree-tops to the field beyond. I made a skirt that makes me smile, I’ll tell you about it another time… Px

happy skirt of happiness hanging on the line
happy skirt of happiness hanging on the line

9 thoughts on “I don’t mind nerd but I do mind dork or MMMay13 Makeover Magic – Chapter Two

  1. I love that skirt. And, I can’t see the dress of ultimate dorkdom that well, but from what I can see, I really like it!! I actually may have a dress similar to it, which I love. Is it a stretch knit and does it have a large patch pocket in the front? Do u have other pics of it? I’m totally grooving on what I can see of it. 🙂

    1. Yes, it’s a stretch knit. No pockets and no real pattern, just a top extended to dress length. I hated it so much I dis-assembled it after about 30 seconds wear. I may have been a bit hasty but it’s quite a stiff knit fabric and the cowl neck was more of a stiff funnel neck.

      1. Well that’s way lovelier than my dress would have been had it survived and not so Buck Rogers that you can’t wear it everyday. Although sci fi glam rock a la Buck R. is a cool look 🙂

      2. I think so too! They had some great grown up “onezies” on that show. I guess we are supposed to call them “jumpsuits” but it is a lot of fun to say “onzies”. 🙂

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