You might hear runners talk disparagingly, or concernedly, about “junk miles”. These are runs during which one does absolutely nothing to try and improve. No bursts of speed, no hills, no attempts at furthering the distance: just putting one foot in front of the other and staying safely within one’s comfort zone.
I also sometimes like the sewing equivalent and this dress is it. Junk stitching is the best sewing I can do while the kids are on holiday and pulling themselves up by my hair for amusement! This is a TNT (tried ‘n’ tested) pattern from prehistoric times that’s given me one highly wearable dress after another. I have waxed lyrical about the New Look 6459 before but it’s now only available from Ebay, through theft or borrowing!
I’d decided that if this summer was truly going to last (what brilliant luck, eh, UK?), then I needed a halter dress, like, already. Why everyone else isn’t wearing one, I don’t know. Maybe because these require a special bra adjustment, but it’s worth the hassle as they’re so flattering and tend to accentuate the one area of a body – the collarbones and shoulders – that looks pretty good on most of us. Sewing halters from woven fabrics can be tricky though. As the back is held up by nothing other than the wearer’s ribcage, if the fit isn’t tight enough, the whole thing can sag towards the butt!
I had 1 metre of some rather unusual perforated and dyed cotton left over from the first Laurel which was lying around almost unused! For the sake of decency, I underlined it with a lightweight and very bright green acetate. The layered dark and light effect worked out brilliantly. When the light hits it right, this dress reminds me of the intricate, exotic patterns on Moroccan lanterns.
Do you have a favourite junk stitching pattern?
Location: Crystal Palace Park