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Little Women

I’m sitting here watching the most recent movie adaptation of one of the most endearing works by Louisa May Alcott. To say I love this story would be an understatement. I read the book many times before ever seeing any movie depicting the storyline and I’m glad. I think I like the newest version with Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, and Wynona Ryder the best of any rendering to date. I just think those three women were so perfect for the roles.

Earlier, during the ‘Beth Death Scene’, I looked over at my dear hubby and I saw a tear running down his cheek. I asked him if his allergies were acting up or if he was crying. He simply replied, “Yes.”

Fabulous man. He loves his action movies, but he “indulges” me and my chick flicks. Mmmmhmmm. Sure.

The most likeable facet of this particular movie is it’s sensitive and tactile cinematography. It’s so real, but still so beautiful. Meg’s wedding scene was a wonderful example of a simple wedding at it’s best. Proof that weddings need not be expensive to be fabulous.

Speaking of weddings, in our little country church there are going to be three this summer. One in June, one in July, and one in August.

The wedding coming up in June is my friend Rachel’s wedding. She let me see her dress at her bridal shower and it is sooooo beautiful. It is a golden ivory satin and so perfect for her. I have the distinct privilege of making her veil. I’m in the process right now of finding the right shade of ivory illusion and it is really, really hard. I’m not sure I have the right color yet. It seems a bit too yellow, I think, but I’ll see when I take it to her house to put it next to the dress. I used to make wedding veils as a business, so it will be fun to see the wonderful reward of seeing a work of yours walking down the aisle on the head of a beautiful bride. I’ll try to post a picture of it when it’s finished. It’s going to be fingertip length with a hand-sewn bias satin edge. Can’t wait.

The wedding in July is going to be outside and so the black, formal dress I’m wearing to the June wedding won’t be appropriate. I have looked and looked and looked for a dress and have not been able to find anything at all. I decided to make my dress and found two patterns on a vintage pattern site.

I’m going to go with View A for the blouse. The other ones are a little crazy for me. I suppose the pattern IS from 1954, so I can’t be surprised.

And now I need to choose the fabric for it and I simply can’t decide. Here are the current choices:

Choices from the left: seafoam green linen, navy blue linen, green silk, green flowered linen, and black checked linen.

If you would care to post a vote in the comments I would appreciate it. I feel stuck. Any other ideas would be welcome if you have them.

As soon as my muslin mock-up is done I’ll get a picture up. It should be interesting. Vintage patterns are very different than modern patterns due to the changes in undergarments used under the finished garment. And, personally, I think I’m gonna stay away from the girdle idea. I’m just sayin’.

Usually, I find I need to adjust the bustline and the hip to waist ratio. So, tomorrow will be a cut and slash pattern alteration day and then…I get to start cutting!

I’ll keep you updated on the project, but for now I’m signing off to go get a little sleep. See you in the morning!

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