Here is my second attempt at the Simplicity 2178 — much better technique and results this go-around. I decided to use three different silks for the different parts of the dress. The peau de soie from the waistband also faced the shoulder ties to provide some contrast. I wish I had used it for the hem facing also because that would have felt much better against my skin. I still didn’t realize I need a full bust adjustment so the waistband sits a little higher in the front than in the back, but all in all I am happy with the fit and I got tons of compliments on the dress when I wore it at my Christmas party.
Speaking of the Christmas party, every year for the past three years, my husband and I, with the help of several wonderful friends, host 50+ of our closest friends at our (too small) home. Being raised by a family of gracious Southern hostesses, I always insist on overdoing it and going overboard with the menu. This year I tried to delegate a little more and I think I did a pretty good job. Our menu included ham and turkey carving stations, fruit/veggie/cheese trays, West Indes salad (a local creation!), several dips, crab rangoon, assorted cupcakes and other desserts, a champagne bar and beer, my husband’s famous eggnog, and a very popular Apple Pie Moonshine — whew! I will be posting some of the recipes soon, next up will be a variation of an old family favorite — Red Velvet — so stay tuned!