Hi friends, Remember last Friday, when I said I wasn't going to make any big crafty plans for the weekend? (Yeah, I know.) Within two hours of publishing that blog post, I was standing at the cutting table at the Designer Fabric Outlet in west-end Toronto, and two hours after that I was ironing my fresh-from-the-dryer purchase. By the time dinner rolled around, I'd already cut out the pieces for a second Liverpool Dress. You see, I had a family reunion to go to on Sunday, and somewhere between lunchtime and home-time on Friday I decided that I wanted to wear something I'd made myself. Thus ensued the shopping, washing, ironing, cutting and sewing extravaganza that made up my weekend. I was up late on Saturday and up very early on Sunday (in addition to finishing the dress, I'd promised to bring appetizers, which meant diverting prime button-hole sewing time to creating two dozen avocado spring rolls!) But at 1:30 pm on Sunday, I snipped the last threads, pulled the dress over my head and ran out the door. I was half an hour late – but I think that counts as fashionably late, don't you? ;^) I was really pleased with three things about this dress: the collar stand went together without any seam ripping; the covered buttons were easy to make (and quick to sew on); and the belt, which, in my opinion, is way better than having ties in the back. The belt is just a length of 1.5"-wide grosgrain ribbon (from Mokuba, where I could have shopped until I'd spent every last cent!) and a pair of D-rings from Fabricland. I folded the ribbon over the rings (doubling over at the end) and sewed two seams, one right next to the rings, and one to secure the end of the ribbon. Easy-peasy. I think I'm one dress away from mastering set-in sleeves, so there's probably another one of these on the horizon. Maybe I'll get daring and use a print!