... there's lots of rain and then there's LOTS of rain. The street above is very close to where I used to live and the intersection below is a key one for people making their way up and down that main road.
It was completely flooded for a long ways down the hill and there's not really any way to turn around unless the guy at the back starts backing up and away and you all turn one by one. Hmm... not likely to happen.
This area is across the valley from me, where my friend used to live. She's away on holiday and saw the flooding on Facebook and called from Quebec to see if I was okay. After her call, I looked up the images on-line. It's amazing how quickly rain can accumulate. The storm only lasted twenty-five minutes. A river ran by my place and it looked like a waterfall was coming off the roof but we didn't have any pooling like this. It all kept running downhill from here.
I was out most of yesterday morning and only got to altering the pattern - Butterick 5881 - after lunch. I was determined to finish something for the blog so I started sewing with the underdress and bottom layer. To make sure I'd have enough of the main - raspberry - rayon batik fabric, I used another lightweight stripe for the underdress.
I'm changing the instructions somewhat eliminating the little slit openings, substituting an ornamental placket at the front for the functioning one, and adding binding at the neck and armhole edges instead of sewing the neck and armhole seams right sides together and flipping the underdress to the inside. That way - with binding - I'll make sure that the visible edge is entirely in the batik although I may look for a contrast fabric before I commit to that - possibly a black silk dupioni that would showcase top-stitching and buttons.
The underdress is basically a slip. I pressed the side and shoulder sleeves toward the front so they'd be in the opposite direction of the seams on the fashion layer and planned to place the layers seams together instead of both to the inside. Except for the bottom. Just in case that seam would be visible in the wind or with sitting, I sewed it seam toward the inside.
Today is a mostly at home day. I'm hoping to get a lot more done on the dress.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - safe and dry
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater or lesser persons than yourself.
- Max Ehemann