Friday, March 21, 2014

Stashbusting: Artistic Dressing

I have to admit that when I finished this dress, I wasn't sure about it.
I cut a lot of corners (no lining, rolled hem) and was a bit ashamed that it wasn't my best work.


I wore it once and wasn't convinced.  After leaving it in a pile on the sewing room floor for weeks, I sent it off to the dry cleaners.  When it came back I tried it on again and fell in love. 


The fabric came from the thrift store for $5 for about 4 yards.  The selvage says that it was made by Cranston Print Works, a US company that was in business from 1807-2009.


I love the strange artistic Picasso/Chagall faces.  It was difficult to make sure that
a face did not end up on a breast apex.  I did okay.  Could have been much worse!


I used Simplicity 4360 View 2.


 It really is simple to make.  It came together easily with no alterations.


Why is it that late 50s/early 60s patterns almost always fit me perfectly with no fuss?  
I wish I had that kind of luck with modern patterns.


How does one accessorize a dress that's primary color is greige?


I went with a little tarnished plastic, a little bakelite and some pinky beige faux pearls.


Also, these carved Mexican screw back earrings.  I love their little grouchy faces.

5 comments:

  1. Very cool ! Love the fabric and good job with face placement.

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  2. I love this dress. The print is fabulous. Good job on the fit.

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  3. I seriously like it!!! From the cut to the relaxing, sophisticated colour palette of the design, I truly think this is a terrific dress. Great job on it, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Honey, I don't know what you were talking about . . . this dress is gorgeous, groovy on you. Checking out that pattern, bluuuccckk, BUT ON YOU, mmmmmmm good. I wouldn't have given that pattern a second look if it weren't for this post here.

    Girl, keep 'em coming. You are my vintage sewing muse.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  5. Oh, meant to ask . . . are you wearing a petticoat? The underpinnings seem to be making this extra special or is it just that much fabric in the skirt piece?

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