I made this dress back in February, intending to wear it to the symphony. I tweaked it over the weekend and I finally got to wear it out on the town.
I used Vogue 2787 which is a reprint of a vintage pattern from 1948.
Here's my version
The fabric has small, white polka dots on it so I got the idea to use piping to make the dots pop out more. In retrospect, I shouldn't have done this. The top portion, where the S-shaped seam is, involves the top of the left side being under the right....up until the bottom tucks. Then it flips to being on the top.
So, because of the switch in the middle, it was impossible to get the two ends of piping to meet up in one flow.
So! The show! First we started out with dinner at Mader's - a German restaurant. I'm German. I've lived in Milwaukee more than half my life. But I've never been to Mader's. Boy, what a treat! Milwaukee has a ton of really good restaurants. But Mader's is one of only two or three that draw out of towners and celebrities. So you know it's awesome.
We started out with (what I thought would be) a before dinner cocktail of brandy old-fashioneds, a southside Milwaukee tradition. This is what we got:
I got the German sampler which came with five favorites - wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, sauerkraut, a smoked pork cutlet (that totally reminded me of my Gramma Nancy's smoked pork butt) , and red cabbage that tasted like candy. Man! If cabbage didn't make you do what it makes you do, I'd've eaten a plateful of just that.
But the most exciting part of the meal was I got to have a food adventure. I always keep my eye out for flavors or dishes I've never tried before and at Mader's I found one. Take a guess what it is:
After dinner we went to the symphony which featured a crazy mix of wonderful music - a fanfare by John Adams, a ballet suite by Aaron Copeland, and Beethovan's 9th which ended with the famous Ode to Joy. Which they sang in German. I don't speak German, so I found myself making up words to the music in my head. It was pretty much a song about all the good German food I just ate.
And for as much as people talk like Milwaukee is so uncouth, and as though we're all just a bunch of working class slobs that don't have any class or appreciation for the arts....this was the second symphony in a row the Conductor and I have been to where the seats were sold out. So take that, all you snoots!
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