Dress no. 7 is sewn from a modified version of New Look 6871 in fabric I purchased from Marden's of Maine. Marden's is my favorite fabric joint: The selection is huge and changes often, the prices are outstanding, and the staff is friendly and engaging. My first time there I thought maybe the girl cutting my fabric had given her notice five minutes earlier -- the "Marden's Yard" is generous. But no, the other staff were also rolling off generous cuts, looking their customers in the eye with genuine interest in what the fabric was to become. Get there if you can.
This is my Karenyoung zippered hoodie, named after a college friend whose mother called her by her full name. Karen was on the ski team, a wicked good sport (she participated in a keg toss with a full leg cast), and a knitter -- we used to knit in the hallway of our dormitory.
Here's wishing you health and happiness in 2014, and moments of peace filled with dreams and stitches.