A Wednesday (Addams) Dress

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I mentioned last week that blogging my blue wool dress (about 5 years late!) was in advance of a new dress sewn from the same pattern. Here is version number two of Simplicity 7737, from 1968.

After pinning multiple little black dresses with white collars a la Wednesday Addams and then seeing Kate Middleton in a similar style (not to mention Emily's Valentino-inspired dress in red), I reached not for the latest indie lookbook or simplicity pattern catalog, but into my pattern stash, pawing all the way to the bottom to retrieve this little gem. You can see, compared to version #1, I made some trim modifications.

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I drafted a little collar using this ancient Gertie tutorial (rather, I watched it a long time ago and vaguely remembered how she had done it).

You can really see my seam line here because my photographer (my husband--and isn't he doing such a nice job?) is shooting from below but it doesn't look so obvious in real life!

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While the first one was in a wool (crepe? not sure) this one is rayon twill and you can see in this action shot it is much drapier.

My finishing on this one is much improved from the original. It's unlined, I'll wear a slip. The side seams are french seamed and the sleeve seams are finished using the faux coverstitch on my machine.  The hem and sleeves are hand stitched. I intend for this dress to last a while! I wear my black dresses to death, since I don't have a lot of "going out" clothes and just reach for anything black. (I'll be taking one step towards remedying this next week though, so check back!)

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Not quite sure what's going on in this back view--black is tricky to photograph, isn't it? A decent reason to sew more colorfully!

Do you love the Wednesday Addams look or think it is cheesy? I promise I won't wear it with braids (except perhaps on Halloween!). Any tricks on photographing black? New background ideas for people in constant rain? How do you Brits do it?! :)


xoxo,
allie

ps: much love to any readers on the mid-atlantic coast or in the way of the hurricane! i'm tired of the rain and we haven't had half as much as y'all. stay safe and dry!

allie J.

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23 comments:

  1. What a perfect dress! I bet it'll stand the test of time, it's such a classic style.

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    1. Thank you, I hope to take good care of it to ensure it lasts.

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  2. This is really lovely on you! It's never a bad thing when you can channel Wednesday Addams on a weekday :)

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    1. My thoughts exactly--especially in October!

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  3. So gorgeous! I do love a dress with a little collar, and it's so chic in black :) I have a little knit sweater dress with a very similar one that I'm hoping to copy for next winter. Great work!

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    1. My coworker has one from asos I think with a little lace collar that's so adorable. It's so nice to able to copy the store-bought items we love!

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  4. Love this dress! Great work :)

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    1. It's an easy addition that I quite like!

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  6. Cute! Love the collar. I wouldn't have thought of Wednesday Addams if you haven't mentioned it but now that I see it you totally have to be her for halloween.

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to go find a black wig, won't I? I went as Morticia Addams a few years ago and it was super fun. I love the Addams Family.

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  7. It's cute! It would look ridiculous on me, but it's utterly fab on you. I have no tips on photographing black. I have the same probs! I'll be checking back for hints :)

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    1. Thank you! I helps that I don't mind looking a bit ridiculous from time to time ;)

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  8. It really suits you! Very elegant.

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    1. Thank you! I love this pattern, I'm so lucky to have found it as a beginner!

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  9. Such a cute dress! I love little black dresses with white collars, black tends to make me look a bit unwell though so I tend to avoid it but I love seeing it on others.

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  10. ooh thats super cute! Normally for photographing black its good to have the light shining onto it - not behind or beside it. and if the colour is out, photoshop can correct it!

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  11. This is such an easy dress to wear as it fits any occasions. Dressing it up with heels like you did, or flat for a more casual look. Love it!

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