So I'm a nerd and I wouldn't let it rest till I figured it out. The language is Finnish.
viimeinen = last johtaja = director/leader/manager
Ah, thank you! I was too tired and distracted last night to do that! I'm glad I'm not the geek craftster... I love this site... [sights contentedly]
This is a very cool piece. It didn't seem macabre to me (and even less so with the toe tag translated). More like, an artistic rendering of that point or period we all go through, that river we cross mostly in adolescence, where death finally makes it's way over the doorstep and into our lives and our psyches - either literally or just figuratively.
The death of a grandparent could do it literally, or being abused. The Vogue pictures of What's-Her-Name Cyrus could do it figuratively. It's unique to each person, but it happens to us all.
Ok, well - I haven't read all the posts so maybe this has been stated already. I would bet that the skirt part of it was cut on the bias. That would be how it would drape so nicely on the lower back, and it would not really have a zipper or anything. You'd need to do some stay-stitching to make sure it doesn't start to bag out, but that bias cut really does amazing things when you want a lovely drape.
Also, I think you did a FABULOUS job, and the shoes go with it perfectly (I so rarely get the shoe thing right!) - you should wear this dress! It looks spectacular on you! Don't compare yourself to the lovely airbrushed model and then rate you and your dress lower. The picture you have of you wearing it - well, just remember, your hair's not done up, no dramatic makeup, you're looking at yourself in a mirror or a photo without photo shoot lighting - those things all make a difference.
All I mean is that what I see is an awesome WOW factor in the dress, and you in it makes it even more WOW!
P.S. I did just go back and read the posts - and I agree with those who wrote that this fabric/dress call for hand sewing the hem. You'll be surprised how little time it actually takes to roll & sew the hem, and what a BIG difference it makes in how the dress looks.
You know, I think I'm going to print out your post and make copies to put on my mirror, in my wallet, next to my sewing machine, and on the frame edge around my computer screen to remind MYSELF that I don't need to apologize or denigrate myself to anyone, including my own self (been PMSing the last few days)!
Your pants are absolutely the best! I love the fabric you picked. You did a great job.
And if anyone is looking for a good pants pattern for generous hip-to-waist curves, try the Kahlia Ali (Butterick? Simplicity?). They go on sale every six weeks or so, you can scoop up a couple of them. I don't have to make ANY adjustments, and they fit lovely. The only change I make is on the tops - I shorten up the should seam length by quarter inch or so.
But her pants actually fit, if you go by the hip measurements. Ignore the sizes, they are only numbers!
I have a master's in education, in teaching English to those who speak other languages. You know what? The very best way to make your English better is by doing EXACTLY what you've just done! Use what you've got and don't give up until you understand what you need to understand.
And thanks to everyone here on Craftster who is patient and helpful. I am so appreciative of those who take the time to draw pictures for the rest of us. They are a perfect example of "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Eab, if you make this dress you will have to post a picture of it, if you can. I know we'd love to see it!
If your mom's a true apple, you could add some onto the sides of 4050 so that there is not so much of a pear-shaped thing going on under the breasts. That would still define the breasts but give her more breathing room. It wouldn't change the style lines, really, just give that extra space for her mid-torso.
And, you can make the skirt-part whatever length you want. Just make it a tunic length, if you want, or a little longer so it doesn't stop right at her hips.
You could also make the skirt a little fuller, angling it out more as it goes down, to make it more feminine (spelling?) and twirly.
I'm actually working on 4050 right now, two different styles of fabric. One is more gauzy and transparent. Might underline that one, might make it more of a long-ish tunic to wear with pants.
The other with a rayon print that I have had forever but couldn't find the right pattern for it, and this is it. Finally. The print is kind of an abstract asian character thing, and it really needed the right pattern.
The nice thing is, with 4050, you can make so many little variations on it just by the fabrics and trim you use. And in the winter it'd be easy to wear a turtleneck under it as well (if you live in the frigid climates like some of us do).
It's really very nice of you to do this for your mom.
My favs are ANY from the Kahlia Ali line at Simplicity. Everything I've made from those patterns fits me well and looks nice. Plus, I like the simpler design lines because I prefer to let the fabric do the work for me!
I'm currently making 2 pairs of pull-on pants, one pair of fitted pants, and two of the dresses (totally different fabrics, same pattern).
Has anyone else noticed that the fashionistas have gone from an Indian (from India) theme to more of a Central/Eastern Asian theme? (Kimono styling, fabric patterns, etc.). Next? Native American?
I think this thread could be very interesting if more would contribute. I'd like to know if anyone has any luck with Vogue, for instance....