What’s the new wisdom? Something like: If you don’t have a photo, it never happened.
That, my dears, is why I like to dress with care for holidays and other special occasions. “Dressing” defined as an attractive, flattering outfit, simple jewelry and makeup which highlights natural beauty without venturing into “Mimi” territory. In short, I try to look the very best version of my exterior self.
Do I dress up for my relatives? No, they live 10,000 miles away. Besides, living people already know how I look and while I know my sartorial choices entertain some of Husband’s extended family, I don’t dress for them.
I dress for the photos. Hundreds of people I’ll never know (or won’t until I’m an old woman) might peep at our photos. A snapshot retains an image of a split millimeter of time, a strict record of the way light bounces off your body on that particular day. Maybe I had a great day, but for a few minutes I knit my brows in concentration. Snap, snap. Maybe I woke up with a stress pimple. Snap, snap. Maybe I spent the day running around basting turkey and rolling pie dough, so the photos show unkempt hair and sweaty skin.
Sure, I overstate my case for dressing up on holidays, but you get my drift. “Get that *&%$ing camera out of my face” is not an acceptable request. I’m not fond of holiday paparazzi, so my way of dealing is to look nice.
So tell me: which dress ought I make for (Husband’s) family Christmas? I have a red and white cotton ticking reminiscent of candy canes.
My first thought turned to Advance 2599, of recent Zemelda fame:
Hollywood Patterns No. 641. The striped version drew me to the pattern to begin with.
For 2599, I could make the pocket stripes run at right angles to the dress, solving the pocket problem. I think the kickpleat in the back would show the stripes well.
But then 641… She’s so- weird, I can’t help but love her.
Help me decide? I already know both patterns fit and I like them. I’m leaning ever so slightly towards 2599.