I guess I've discovered that, this year, at least, the impetus for accomplishing sewing projects is going to be holidays. After I finish DuBarry 5612, St. Patrick's Day will be right around the corner and I have a project lined up for that, too. The dress is a little more complex, though, so I need to leave more time for it (ha, ha).
Some holidays have better fabric prints than others. Christmas has great prints. St. Patrick's day generally doesn't--everything is a riot of cartoon shamrocks, nightmare-inducing leprechauns, and acid green. I found this, though, at Joann's a few weeks ago:
It's gold-metallic print, which doesn't thrill me, but I think the overall feel is quite old-fashioned. It's definitely St. Patrick's Day but somehow less overbearingly so than . . . well, than most other St. Patrick's Day prints, at least. I won't pretend to think it's subtle.
I dithered about the pattern, though. I wanted something mid-range between trim and businesslike, and slightly fun. I could not, however, get the image of a big front bow out of my head. It had to have a big front bow. I proposed a whole series of patterns that weren't quite right but then ran across this one for sale online, at a bargain price:
It's definitely The One. Unfussy wartime pattern with ladylike three-quarter sleeves? Check! Hip smocking and flirty midriff inset? Check! Humongous bow tie? Check!