I mostly like standing, but my legs are tired at the end of the day! (I do easily get to 10,000+ steps every day now.)
The first thing I did was buy an anti-fatigue mat...the cement floor underneath the thin carpet is not comfortable at all...much like standing in museums all day (which I love, but I always end up with lower back pain). The mat helps a lot.
Oh, but....back to the dress! This was my first successful attempt at applying what I learned in the Copy Your Clothes class at Bits of Threads. Below you'll see the original, which Mohammed made from a photo I had brought him. I wore the dress for more than 5 years, so definitely got the use out of it, but it was faded and beginning to look beat up. So, time for a new one!
I took it almost completely apart and traced all the pattern pieces. That's the easy way to copy your clothes--when you don't take them apart it's much more difficult to get the pattern pieces traced.
I had a few bumps along the way, mostly because the original fabric was quite thin with some give, while the fabric I got from Windham is a bit thicker cotton and doesn't have as much give, even though I was careful to place the princess seams on the bias. But it still looks great (I think) and I like it because the color's great (and goes with lots of my turquoise) and it also goes with my new black sandals!
|The original dress, that I took apart to|
make a new pattern...
So you're looking at an example of the mini-lining I put in, using the poly/cotton blend I picked up on a super sale at Hancock. I lined the sleeve completely, then cut shorter pieces for the front & back side pieces. The dress & lining fabrics are just the right weight: they work together but you cannot see the lining at all when I'm wearing the dress. I am hoping this will protect the dress a bit and let me wear it a long long time.