This year we were pretty casual, but of course I can't resist any excuse to make a party dress so I spent the last few days of 2016 making this, my first dress of 2017! It's my third dress from Simplicity 6820 from 1966 (see my leopard print one and my Rifle Paper Co. version). This time, I added a ruffle to the bottom and a lace overlay to the sleeves (leftovers from my wedding dress jacket "muslin"). It's super easy to add a ruffle like this to any dress or skirt you want: just cut it shorter and add a gathered rectangle the same length that you cut off (plus seam allowances). The fabric is a gorgeous silk my mom picked up for me in the remnants section of G Street Fabrics. It's heavy and more liquid than floaty--she thinks it might be triple-ply? This will be a dry-cleaning dress.
I couldn't resist stopping by the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist church for these pictures--it's where my husband Alex and I got married! Most UU halls are more modern-looking, but I love this one's traditional architecture, it's very Charlottesville. The prettiest Unitarian church ever is the one in Charleston, though! I could stare at that gorgeous lacework ceiling allll day.
It feels right to be starting off 2017 with a tried and true vintage pattern, since I really want to perfect my tried and trues and simplify a bit this year. I love making sewing resolutions, but more on this Friday! Are you resolving to do more sewing? Perhaps you are vintage pledging this year? I encourage everyone to try a vintage pattern. I'm biased, of course... but you really should.
Happy 2017, y'all, I can't wait to see what it has in store for us all!
ps: if you are UU (or curious!) i also have this instagram which i am resolving to update more frequently in 2017.
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