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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Starry Darling Ranges

I have been in love with Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges dress pattern since the day it came out: it’s got sweet feminine touches like a moderately-revealing neckline and gathered sleeves, and like all the indie sewing patterns I’ve used so far, this one was a breeze to follow…



…once I found the perfect fabric. This lovely starry cotton lawn is from Grey’s, as usual.




The neckline is finished with bias tape, so I used some of my vintage stash. (What do you think—1950s??)



This crinoline petticoat business is a little too vintage even for me.



Sewing the back ties. I can’t help taking pleasure in little details that make a dress look store-bought.


My goal was to finish this dress in time for the Boston Book Festival, and I got plenty of compliments that evening. Having too much fun to remember to take any photos though. And at my friend Jason’s night-before-Halloween costumes-optional party I told everyone I had dressed up—as a constellation.

Then I packed the dress to wear on my birthday in Dingle. (Photos by Seanan.)




This is my new favorite dress out of everything I’ve sewn so far. I feel really pretty in it (even if I do look a teensy bit preggo in this shot.)



I got pockets!


It was a lovely birthday. We ended the night with trad at John Benny’s and my pal Jedediah Berry’s The Family Arcana (which is brilliant, by the way).




3 Comments to Starry Darling Ranges

  1. November 16, 2015 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Looking positively magical!!

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 17, 2015 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I love that pattern! It looks great on you!

  3. Ang's Gravatar Ang
    November 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Love the dress!!! And cute room too! (Also, you’re in Dingle? I guess you probably didn’t get my HBD text this weekend!)

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.