Friends, I have nothing but admiration for Joan Crawford as a movie star, but I couldn't resist this cheap shot.
As you know, the BurdaStyle dress is finished, and Leah will be taking it home with her next week. Good thing she is, too, because with my recent obsession with The Daily Ditch, it might otherwise end up at my local Goodwill -- or worse.
Now, while not actually strapless -- it's a halter-top dress -- it does present some storage concerns. Did I mention the straps are removable?
I can't just hang it from a hanger for two reasons. For one thing, there's nothing to hang the dress from. I can't just knot the halter and loop it around a hanger; it would slip right off and wouldn't hang right even if it didn't.
Some of you are probably thinking I should sew in hanging loops. But the weight of the skirt would pull too heavily on the skirt and stretch the bodice out, I fear.
What I'm going to suggest to Leah -- unless somebody has a better solution -- is that she wrap the dress in tissue paper or a towel or sheet, and keep it folded in a box or drawer until she wants to wear it, and then steam or iron any creases out first. The dress doesn't have to be starched flat, but it does crease pretty easily. What do you think?
I'd been working on that dress for so long, I almost don't know what to do with myself now. Of course, we have our boxers sew-along starting in October, but that's not for a while yet. What's next for me -- or for any of us, really?
Moving right along...
Yesterday, I caught the Daphne Guinness fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and while it's not really my kind of thing, it's a beautifully curated show. It's bursting with Alexander McQueens in particular, including fantastic accessories, and despite having just opened, there was hardly anyone there. I just love the FIT museum, and it's always free.
Now on to today's Daily Ditch.
Remember how I've always said we don't own a TV? Well, that's not entirely true. We own two TV's -- cute little Sony portables from the Seventies -- but they've been sitting at the bottom of my bedroom closet for years collecting dust. They work, but I don't think you can get reception on them anymore without some sort of converter, and how many door stops does one really need? Reception or no, they get pitched today. Pity.
I can actually see glimmers of the bottom of my bedroom closet again!
Friends, that's all for today. If you have any insights in the best way to store a heavy cotton strapless dress, I'd appreciate it!
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