But now...Oh, now it is wonderful! Friend got settled and moved in with a permanent roommate and Jim and I refigured some of our storage space. We dismantled the guest bed in my sewing room into two parts. The boxspring lives on its side behind a desk in our room (which is the catch all storage room, since we're the only ones who ever have to see it) and the mattress lives on its side behind my clothing rack in the sewing room. It is out of the way and takes up minimal space while being readily accessible in case of guests, as well as providing Westport, the king of the castle as he would like to think himself, a wonderful perch so that he can supervise while I iron and work at my table. Heaven knows what I would get myself into if it weren't for his diligent monitoring.
Up next, it's time to figure out how in the world to pleat a chiffon bodice without going absolutely mad...not optimistic at the moment.
I read through the directions for this vintage pattern (which only has 6 steps) and I understand that it is to look kind of like an apron dress with an underskirt for the back and then the circle skirt from the front wraps around and meets at the center back. What I find a little perplexing is that there seems to be no instruction for attaching the front of the dress to the back except for where it buttons at the shoulders. The front has a tie that crosses in the back and then wraps to the front. The back has instructions for attaching seam tape to each side piece of the back, so am I to understand that you put the back of the dress on and tie those ties at the front waist and then put on the front dress and wrap the tie? We shall see.