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.