January has always been a difficult month for me. It’s long, it’s dark, and every single brain gremlin I’ve ever had seems to pick this time of year to come out and play. I have both depression and anxiety, and I don’t hide that. I manage them with a combination of medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, but there are ups and downs, some more extreme than others.
So I thought, this weekend, that I’d sew something bright and cheerful to raise my mood – and you know, it kinda worked. First I get the satisfaction of making something and having it turn out well, and second I get to look at this yellow-and-hot-pink cotton and let it make me smile.
My first Hinterland was sleeveless; I like the cap sleeved version just as well, I think. I removed 3cm from the front bodice just under the bust dart then copied the adjustment to the back. I also made a fakest-of-the-fake placket: I cut the front bodice on the fold, then cut a 5cm-wide strip of fabric, pressed the edges under, and topstitched it down the center before sewing the buttons on.
Might make a full-front actual functional placket next time. Hmm. Either way, this dress makes me happy, and that’s all I really ask from sewing.