One our favourite place in Kathmandu was the 'Garden of Dreams'. Our friends recommended it to us and it did not disappoint! It is a garden that was designed by Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana in the early 1920s as a private garden. It has since been open to the public, restored (during 2000-2007) and is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the bustling city.
How stunning is this photo of the garden pond in the late afternoon light? It looks like a beautiful painting:
For our anniversary trip, I decided to tackle one of my UFOs, Butterick 5209.
This is also one of the patterns for 'The Big Vintage Sew-along'. If you haven't already, check out this super fun sew-along using vintage Butterick, McCall and Vogue patterns. The perfect impetus to finish my UFO (aka 'unfinished object).
Butterick 5209 is a pattern from 1947 that features a stunning halter top or cap sleeved dress. The bodice is smooth around the midriff and then creates a stunning gathered halter top effect. The skirt is attached through a gathered waist.
I chose a fabulous tropical print pattern with bright orange flowers. I'm not sure what the fabric is but it is very easy to work with and drapes well. I got the fabric several years ago from Fabric Depot, a massive fabric store, in Portland.
This poor dress languished in my UFO pile for three years! Why you might ask? Well, I started sewing the halter dress and then halfway through decided that maybe the cap sleeves would look better on me. I went back to the patterns and realised each version was sewn a completely different way and I would have to unpick the halter to make the other version. Silly me. But with my good luck the The Big Vintage Sew-along was announced and I immediately remembered the dress! Finally, I could successfully participate in a sew-along and finish my UFO! teehee.
I got the dress back out and realised I liked the halter version better anyways and just finished it up! It was the perfect dress for our adventures in the Garden of Dreams:
I was even able to find out what the Garden of Dreams would have looked like in the 1940s:
The grand building in the background is a restaurant and that is where David and I had our anniversary dinner--looking out over the garden.
I even had the perfect orange shoes to wear with the dress:
YAY! What a fantastic day! So happy I was also able to participate in the Sew-along (looking forward to more in the future??)
And I'm hoping that now that I have a fantastic summery halter dress that I will go to more warm and sunny places in the not-so-distant future :-)