Why Don’t You . . . ? Take a Trip with a TNT
Fellow stitchers, today’s missive from Diana Vreeland is smack dab in our wheelhouse:
“Why don’t you . . . find one dress that you like and have it copied many times? You will be much more successful than if you try to produce new effects each evening.”
We’ve got the first half of today’s challenge in the bag. Scratch that, we’re one up on Ms. Vreeland: We have complete control over the “copying” of the dress. Every sewing enthusiast has a design we love to pieces: a tried ’n true (TNT) pattern that has been used so much it’s falling apart. It’s marked up, folded, squished, taped along the edges, and worn to pieces. Unless of course, you’re that squirrel that traces out their patterns for a rainy day—good squirrel, you.
The second half of this “Why Don’t You . . . ?” refers to what, likely, select few of us have a need for on a regular basis: enough dresses for a quick visit to Cannes, a week at Monte Carlo, maybe a jaunt on the QE2 (ocean liner turned floating hotel), or a stay in the Hamptons. How refreshing, to pull from your steamer trunk a dress in every fabric—with a hemline or sleeve treatment adjusted here or there for a different feel—in a silhouette you are assured will dazzle everyone, as you glide down the grand staircase to dinner each evening.
I am not that jet-setting squirrel. When I do vacation, it’s usually far less . . . grand. However, now that the days are warmer, I’ll be living in maxidress land, party of one, whether I’m going to eat outdoors, running to the drugstore, or just lounging on the sofa.
Vogue 9253, how do I love thee? Let…