her post about her new Cordova Jacket Pattern which she sewed up in beige. I feel the same way she does about beige - neutrals are just not my thing and she is a fan of the colorful and flowery as well.
However this dress is so, so something - very fun to wear and not difficult to make. I did enter in the Pattern Review Little Black Dress contest - I swear, the last contest for me so I would really like to win! Wouldn't that be ironic... with the wardrobe piece I used to scoff at but now love. So if you are a member surf on over and vote, my PR name is "sunnysewer".
The fabric I used is a cotton sateen that has been in the stack for ages, ordered from Fashion Fabrics club and when it arrived I was surprised to see it had a faint iridescence on the fabric, so not really suitable for things I would use cotton sateen for. But just right for a dressy item. I did lighten these photos a bit since it is so difficult to photograph black and it is looking a bit wrinkly here. Something about the sleeves give me a toreador vibe.
I made a couple of changes with the pattern. The skirt has front hip darts which always bug me and in this slightly stiff fabric never want to lay flat so I actually used the skirt portion of my blue wool vintage McCall's dress which fits well and has cute pleats on the hip instead of darts. This dress needs to be very fitted so I took in the skirt quite a lot. The sleeves are my favorite feature and I think they may reappear on some future dress. In these images you can see the slight shimmer on this fabric.
As I have mentioned in the past, I have a drawerful of vintage goodies which have been passed down from my nana and my Aunt Jo (nana's sister and my first sewing teacher). This dress seems perfect for some of the sparklies that only see occasional outings...actually I can't remember the last time I did wear any of this stuff, but I swear I have done so.
These are all rhinestone pieces from the 50's or before. On the left is a bracelet, and matching earring. I can't find the 2nd earring, sob. It has to be somewhere in one of my dressers. On the right are a set of earrings and dress clips. The dress clips are such a cool item, they have a frame so you can clip them both in and then wear them together as one pin. On the right I am showing the dress clips and matching earrings plus the bracelet. Lots of sparkle, these old pieces are incredibly well made and comfortable to wear.
Here is the Vogue Pattern, one of their Easy Options patterns that has more than 40 reviews and looks great on so many. One of my favorite recent versions was done my pal Amy of SewWell blog when she entered the Tessuti contest. I LOVE her version. Check it out. Fabric choice MAKES a dress!
And now back to my regularly scheduled sewing, finishing the little girl's coat from my previous post. Then onward to some Christmas gifts. It is pouring rain here and I was thinking about planting some tulip bulbs but not today!
Happy rainy day sewing, Beth
P.P.S. my hair is driving me crazy - soooo close to calling for a "please cut my hair today" appointment instead of waiting patiently for it to grow. Based on comments on one of my previous posts - everyone knows the feeling!