In real life, I’m a pattern designer. It’s a lot of fun (though beastly hard work some days, truly!), and I can honestly say that I do use math in my daily life. Any sewist does! Pattern shapes are the 2-D geometric arrangements that get manipulated and turned into coverings for our 3-D bodies. I use geometry constantly, and I’m very grateful to Mr K, who did not give up on pouring Math into the rather chaotic parfait glass that was my teen-aged brain. I have always had a penchant for really bad puns and italics. You can just imagine the burden I was to him.
So, one of my real-life projects is a new pattern I call The Strap Dress. I’ll be loading up a freebie trial version (PDF format) of one of the Strap Dress styles (plus a few easy variations) as soon as I kick myself in the buns and sit down to do all the technical drawings. The final version will be out later this summer, and has about a zillion variations to play with, so that should be fun!
As a teaser, though, this is the most recent “play with variations” sample I’ve made:
It used about 1 yard of fabric (split up into three different prints: dots, stripes, and popsicles), and was done, start to finish, between dinner and bed time one evening. It’s a $6 dress, and that’s if nothing is on sale and you’re not sewing from your fabric stash. There are no buttons, no snaps, no zippers to contend with. And best of all, it’s a Put It On My Own Self shape.
The downside of that is it’s also a Take It Off My Own Self shape, so if you have little girls like mine, they’ll still be nekkid about 18 hours in any given day. But the Strap Dress styles are the next best thing to nekkid, so that helps.
It’s nice and twirly.
That’s very important.
All of my girls tend to live in dresses. Dresses and bloomy pants beneath, for all occasions. The Spicy Child cheerfully announced to me this morning that she had ELEVEN skirts or dresses in her baskets, and that was just about the best thing ever, to her. Then, she put on her birthday dress (another Strap Dress variation), and went out to commune with her chickens.
This dress has Lefty the Tagger’s Grin of Approval.