Jennifer Lyon

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Happy Friday!


So yesterday I took my Rita Dress in to be hemmed. I tried this new place with a German Grandmotherly type of seamstress recommended to me by a friend. This lady knew WAY more about my dress than me. That was a very good sign, especially since I’m fashion challenged, and also, I can’t sew.

I tried on the dress and she began pinning it up. “These mermaid dresses are usually a couple inches off the ground.”

Oh cool, I have a mermaid dress. Wait…I need to focus on the length of the dress. “Umm, I want it longer.”

“Yeah? Okay but you need the the overskirt an inch off the ground to walk.  The underskirt will be shorter.

Oh come on, walking is totally overrated. Right? “I wanted it to skim the ground.”

“I show you.” She pins up the underskirt two inches. “This shows your shoes, and the overskirt (which is sheer) will be longer. Turn and look in mirror.”

Hmm. I look in the mirror and what I’m thinking comes right out my mouth. “I think I want it longer. Cuz, you know, I’m short.”

Grandma Seamstress sits back on her heels and gives me a stern look. “You think the dress dragging on the ground will make you look taller?”

Umm….Yes? But judging by her dubious tone, I’m guessing that was wrong.  At that point, I’m pretty sure I looked like this:

panicked baby


So I said, “I think I’ll just trust you.”

She nodded, re-pinned the underskirt a little longer and then got to work on the overskirt. And dang, what she showed me when she was finished looked pretty good, and much safer. Although I still looked a little like an overstuffed mermaid, but skinny is not in the cards for me right now.

I really liked the seamstress by the way. She really did ask me if I thought the dress dragging would make me look taller (and hearing someone say it out loud showed me exactly how stupid that is!), but she was super helpful, nice and clearly knew her stuff. And she loved my shoes, said they worked perfectly with the dress. Which is pretty funny since I got the shoes on a killer sale for around $30.00 :-) And those I can wear again over and over. The dress…well if you see a women hanging out at Starbucks in a mermaid dress — just know I’m trying to get my money’s worth. That’s not crazy, right?

This weekend, Wizard and I have a wedding. Otherwise, I’m mostly gathering up promo stuff and working on the behind the scenes stuff but nothing terribly stressful since my awesome team is totally on task for me and that’s helping me out a lot. By the way, when I say team, I mean people like my assistant Anna, my editor, my formatter, the graphic designer from Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs who just did an awesome title page logo for me, my proofreader, my cover designer — all of them help me in huge ways that make everything go smoother. I can’t express how much I value them. And Wizard! He’s pitched in so much over the last months so I could get both these books done.

What are your plans this weekend?

8 comments to “Happy Friday!”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    June 12th, 2015 at 7:51 am · Link

    LOL, yeah, I guess wearing a too-long dress wouldn’t help much in making a gal look taller, much in the same way wearing baggy clothes doesn’t make her look thinner. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but there it is. It seems like every time I wear something more form-fitting someone asks me if I lost weight. :eyeroll: Personally, I think you’re going to rock this dress – even if you think you’ll look pudgy.

    Have fun at the wedding! And YAY for your support crew. Virtual hugs all around for all the things they do to help get your books out. :hugs:

    I have ‘WIOH Edits’ written in on both days of my calendar for this weekend, so that’s what I’ll be doing. Today? I’m falling apart so I’ll be ready for the marathon editing session. Seriously, though, I’m just doing non-writerly things and taking a nap today. Yes, I definitely see a nap in my future.

  2. Silver James
    June 12th, 2015 at 11:40 am · Link

    You should always listen to the German seamstress. Or the German anything… :lol: :lol: We had a German teach our first obedience class (with our Newf and Siberian). She trained US!

    You will rock the dress and I will snap the pics to prove it!

    I’ve been doing contract stuff–signing and sending back. Some will bring money in. Some sends money out. Luckily, what’s going out belongs to OKRWA. :D Now that business is done, I need to get on DOUBLE CROSS revisions but my brain whimpers and Iffy runs and hides in the closet. I can’t even lure her out with glimpses of a scantily clad Duke. 8-O

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Jenn
    June 12th, 2015 at 12:28 pm · Link

    B.e., honestly I think we often have distorted views of ourselves. And there’s so many more important things to worry about.

    I just feel compelled to mention the people I work with, they really are amazing and often unrecognized :-)

    I love that you write your daily goals on a calendar. I either have post it notes, or I have a list of things I hope to achieve. Daily calendar goes sounds more effective. Good luck with edits — you can do it! But taking a day off before hand is very wise.

  4. Jenn
    June 12th, 2015 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Silver, right? I think i’d like your German teacher of the obedience class as much as I liked this lady. Plus I love people who have skills I lack!

    For every pic you take of me, I shall take one of you :-) Everyone will want to see you too!

    Yay for the signing payments! I love those.

  5. Viki S.
    June 12th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    You guys are so right. NO matter what our shape and size is we don’t see the true physical self. It’s funny that we that we do that. It’s the same with our voice. We never hear it as it truly is.

    It would have been so much fun to have been at the tailor to watch the exchange go down ;). I’m like you. Being short I hate when my clothes are too short. It’s so strange for a short person to be wearing flood pants ;).

    That dress is going to look killer on you!

    No idea what we’ll be doing this weekend. I have the desire to throw stuff away, so maybe deep cleaning.

    Have a great time at the wedding!

  6. biker witch
    June 12th, 2015 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Wizard is a keeper. He feeds you wine, chocolate when you are insane during your writing process. But don’t tell him plz :roll:

  7. Jenn
    June 12th, 2015 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Viki, Yes on our voices too! My sounds weird to me, I pretty much hate it.

    I’m with you on flood pants. This really must be a short-person thing.

    Deep cleaning/throwing stuff away is so cathartic AFTER it’s done. It’s the doing part that I avoid :-)

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Jenn
    June 12th, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Biker Witch, I won’t get him…but it’s going to cost you a Starbucks coffee :-)

    And yeah, Wizard is my rock. But he also managed to laugh at me a dozen times a day so I guess it all works out.

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