It’s quite obvious from my blog title that I like pies.
Being a chef, I really love food. I adore working with my hands and creating food that people will enjoy. I cook every day, mostly all day and NEVER get tired of it. I may BE tired, but never of cooking. Only, perhaps, of smelling like food,cleaning up a kitchen and being on my feet all day.
Of all the things to make, my favourite has to be a pies. Hands down. They smell intoxicating while baking and there is always a bit of alchemy involved in taking some very humble ingredients and using your hands to create something wonderful that looks so unlike the original ingredients.
Pies are also a delayed gratification food. Usually there are many steps that require completion, many hoops to jump through before you can enjoy the finished product. I guess I’m a sucker for the anticipation.
All of this lead up to reveal that I have made another dress and baked another pie. Behold the Maple Cream Polkadot dress, my latest offering in the Sew Dolly Clackett Challenge hosed by the lovely Sarah at Rhinestones and Telephones:
The day I finished this dress, I also made this:
It just makes sense to me to celebrate a dress with a pie. Of course that makes sense as pie is the perfect way to celebrate anything. (Like it being a day! In the week!! Yay!! Where’s the pie?) How do you celebrate the finishing of a project?
Anyways, this dress in all of it’s Maple and Cream- coloured glory was inspired by my sewing idol, Roisin of Dolly Clackett fame. She loves her some polkadot fabric and I know that she would approve of this dress and the pie. (Has she ever had Maple Cream Pie, I wonder, or is that just a VERY Canadian thing?)
I lined the bodice in some buttery raspberry coloured bemberg and left the skirt unlined as this fabric was quite a heavy medium-weight cotton and didn’t need it. The fabric, by the way, was $1 a metre in the Fabricland bargain table. Um, yes please!
I inserted a lapped zip and though it looks wonky in this photo, I did a rather nice job when you see it in person. The only problem was the zipper is not long enough so watching me struggle into this dress one limb at a time is not pretty.
But I think the dress is!
And it’s swirly!
And I was nice and shared the pie.
I was good that day.
And so was my daughter! She took these lovely photos of me all by herself. Thanks, sugar pie 🙂