I've had these photos for ages, but to be honest, my sewing has not been my top priority recently--I've been busy
In my quest to have some tried and true patterns I can turn to again and again, I've been experimenting with a few patterns for a 50's style day dress. You know the one: jewel neckline, fitted bodice (pointy bra optional), sleeveless or short or three quarter length sleeves, and a gorgeous swishy skirt. My accidentally-Amish dress fit the mold perfectly on the pattern envelope, despite it being a train wreck sewn up in a heavyweight material:
Although I may return to this pattern at some point--I would really like to know if it looks better in a lighter fabric with some body--I've also been testing some alternatives.
The first is my chopped-and-screwed shift dress pattern, made into a bodice only, with a simple dirndl skirt attatched, and manifests in my beautiful skeleton toile from Alexander Henry. Remember when I said I bought it, and I was going to make a Halloween dress? I did, and I never blogged about it until now. Oops! I wore it for Halloween, and then again for a Mardi Gras celebration (and some other times, of course).
I'm fairly happy with this pattern, and very happy with this dress. I took my time on it and did a lot (for me) of hand finishing: the arm hems (whatever, arm hems is a technical term), the waistline interior finish, and a beautiful handpicked zipper. I centered a hilarious picture of skeletons carousing on the front:
and did my best at pattern matching on the back:
|handpicked zipper obscured by pattern|
Things I wish were better: The fit through the shoulders. The sleeves attach a little weirdly, because of all the pattern mucking-about-with I did. Obviously my pattern matching at the back seam could be better, but its still better than 95% of ready to wear, sadly. My horrible "I'm so freezing and not wearing shoes" poses. Punctuality of blogging.
The second option is the ever-popular Simplicity 2444, the Project Runway dress made up with much success by sewing/vintage bloggers everywhere. Wait until you see it! Its cute.
ps: is anyone else watching Pretty Little Liars? I don't think of myself as a tv watcher since I really only have a few shows I watch consistently, but I do enjoy teen shows--I liked all four seasons of the OC, and watched Gossip Girl for years before it got too redundant. Pretty Little Liars totally fits my criteria: beautiful people, dramatic but not too dramatic, not overly "problem novel-y."