Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Little Story of the Big Dress



This dress is for my friend, Shirl who works at my oppy. When I first met Shirl I called her 'Shirley' to which she replied 'don't call me Shirley, she's a bitch, call me Shirl'. Shirl, knowing that I can sew a bit, put this rather see through poly/cotton fabric aside for me to make a dress for her, she gave me a brief 'something with tie up shoulders and not too fussy, it's just for when it's hot and I'm at home' right I thought, something that is loose fitting, that won't startle any one who should come to the door! When I asked her to measure her widest part, she raised an eyebrow, and looked at me, and said 'are you sure? mmmm, now let me see, widest part' she put the tape measure around her hips and bum, 60 inches!! Yup that's the whole tape measure!!

I really like Shirl, she calls a spade a spade, and is quite a force at the counter of Vinnies, but once you get to know her, she's pure gold. She's out lived 2 husbands, the first being a Vice Cop who ran off with a 'Shirley'! I asked if he was collecting them, and she laughed, we've been friends ever since! She lives near by me, and I often see her just sitting on her balcony, can't wait to see her siting on her balcony in her new dress!!

10 comments:

Jodie said...

What a great story - She'll love the dress.

Cass said...

What a lovely thing to do

Linda said...

What a kind gesture.
The 'boss lady' at my os is a Shirley. The other ladies are Shirls.

Sherrin said...

lovely story :o) I hope she enjoys the dress :o)

CurlyPops said...

That's such a cute dress you made and a sweet little story!

Bec said...

what a lovely story!! that's a really sweet thign to do :)

Kirsty said...

Oh I really like the sound of Shirl - I'd like to meet her.

* About the silver fabric - I honestly believe that whatever you want WILL turn up in an Oppy if you are patient. All good things come to those who wait & all that.

& thank you for your lovely broomstick appreciation too.

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Betty said...

lovely story. the dress looks great.

Everyone needs a Shirl in their lives.

Corrie said...

oh that is so sweet...she sounds like a real character and how nice you made her a dress....cute!

Corrie;)