Man, sneaks up on me every year. At least I have this to wear today:
This dress is another Frankenstein; the bodice from my old favorite , and the skirt from that pattern.
Here’s the bodice:
ALMOST matched the plaid at center-front; luckily it’s so abstract:
This fabric is from the wonderful (and sadly, now-closed) .
And the back:
Enjoy your Plaidurday!
Things have been busy around Dressadayland lately. Lots of work, lots going on … and after the massive 100 days of dresses blogamaradressathon, I was all set with a big list of other things I wanted to blog about again. I’ve got some cool books piled up to review, I have some plans for dress dataviz based on my kinda-mostly up-to-date Google Doc tracking the 100 dresses postings, and also some auxiliary pictures (I didn’t post any skirts, for instance, and there were several “hey show us your whole closet!” picture requests). So that thing where you have a lot of plans and they all seem kind of huge and where are you going to start and oh by the way your day job is super-busy and also you might be having some kind of RSI problem that means you have to cut down on some typing for a week or two? Yeah, that. That is what has happened.
BUT. Things have settled down ever-so-slightly, I am no longer having disturbing pins-and-needles sensations in both hands, AND I went to weekend before last in Portland, so I came back super-inspired to DO STUFF. (And, evidently, to use a lot of CAPS for EMPHASIS.)
I will post more about XOXO, which was awesome and amazing and all the other affectionate adjectives that begin with A, but I did want to share this dress I made specifically to wear at the conference, which is in Portland, Oregon. Have you ever seen fabric that is more perfectly location-matched?
This is a Frankenstein dress — the same combination of patterns as . Here’s the bodice; I’m really digging these raglan sleeves:
Here’s the zipper, which, well, I’m very proud of. This one really worked:
And the back:
This fabric is from Superbuzzy — the gray colorway is gone, but they still have a (very cute) …
Red: I’m going to win this Resolute Courageous Stare-Off if it is the last thing I do. I have purpose! I have wistful yet restrained yearning! I have a jaunty angle to my neck facings! I have dark, resolute gloves and a sensible yet stylish handbag, which almost certain includes war bonds! The trophy (and Captain Harding) is mine!
Green: I really wish I’d worn my glasses today. I can’t see a darn thing.
And so we come to the end … the Duro! The Duro is actually one of the Hundred Dresses in -the-book, and it’s named for , who designed it. I fell in love … found a … and I made it a lot. To wit:
I don’t know if I ever posted this one:
This next one has some :
Then I started :
(Those last three and the green one above? All Liberty.)
This one has (the second one is a play):
I have never gotten over how nicely these two prints matched, considering I bought them ages apart and in different places:
And, of course, the :
(Plus there’s and , and , none of which I even have any more, and the one I’m wearing in , which I know I still have but I never wear anymore, because I wore it in that video. Crazy.)
I will post some wrapups after this loooooong series … I know there are questions in the comments that have gone unanswered, plus there’s all sorts of statistical fun to be had, and of course a “closet picture” and some dresses that maybe didn’t make the cut for the full 100 … but if you’ve liked this series, may I ask that you perhaps consider that inspired it? If you have already, and enjoyed it, I’d love to see your review, and of course it makes a lovely present for just about anyone …
Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments and fun links you’ve shared, too!
We’re gonna go out with a bang … or at least, two very very long posts. Today: the Duro Junior!
The is also known as , and looks like this:
Essentially, it’s just a quick and simple kimono-y dress with contrasting bands at the waist and neckline, but boy, is it comfy. I haven’t worn these in a while (they’re a little too short & the skirts are a little narrow for biking) but looking at these photos makes me want to take these out again, or, better yet, work out a new version with a fuller skirt.
For no real reason, here are two corduroy dresses:
This dress is a ; here’s a better look at the bodice:
It’s Liberty, of course, but I don’t remember the name of the pattern. (I really have to get better about that … of course, my purchase predated Pinterest, which I now use as a .) Here’s the about it.
I didn’t do the neck button/buttonhole; I knew I’d never button it up that high, since the fabric is so thick (choking … can’t breathe …):
Here’s the other corduroy dress, also Liberty (this print is called “Robin”), :
The side zip (and pocket, which you can’t see):
I made the pockets in this one in a fabric that is just too lightweight, and the contrast between the too fabrics is a bit too harsh, and has led to some stress fraying at the seam. I’ve had to fix it twice. Not great.
The bias trim on the neckline (my favorite part):
And the back:
I was going to add one more corduroy dress to this post, but it was so darn hot when I was pressing them for photos that I just couldn’t bear it. So , just in case you’re curious.
This dress is one of the first dresses I ever made from a vintage pattern (the exact pattern is lost to memory). I posted about it and it was old even then — and I know it’s older than my son, which puts it firmly in the grunge era.
I do really like the collar and the lines of the bodice. I remember clearly that this was a newspaper pattern … Anne Adams or Marian Martin or some such:
Covered buttons — this is before I knew the trick of using white fabric (batiste or organza) underneath the patterned fabric if you don’t want the metal of the button form to show through:
Bias trim on the sleeves:
The back view:
And a closeup view of the back … the only thing I can say is WTH? Where did those seams go? If I weren’t a life-long teetotaler, I would assume that I was drunk when I made this:
And the belt-kit belt, which hasn’t aged well at all:
I should really find the pattern in my stash and make it up again today, and show the two dresses side by side … just so people can see that, just as with everything else, sewing gets better with practice!