Dresses: Day 97

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!

Dresses: Day 96

One last before we get to the end:

The bodice:

The collar:

The pockets:

The side zip:

The back:

I originally posted this one … stripey socks and boots! Makes me start longing for autum/winter …

Dresses: Day 95

This is another recent addition:

This is a mashup dress, a Frankendress. It’s the bodice from this pattern:

And the skirt from this one:

I didn’t do the little notch thing on the bodice, because I wanted something simple. I like the raglan sleeve, very comfy:

Here’s the side zip:

And the back:

I was looking for something simple I could make quickly, and this really fit the bill. This was my first-draft version; I think it worked out well. I added a little too much room at the waist, so it’s slightly baggy in this picture, but otherwise it fits, and the deep skirt pleats make it fun to wear. In the next version I will attach the (added) pockets at the waist seam, too, because they get too heavy for just the side seam (what with all the stuff I jam into them) and I might also shorten the skirt another inch. But other than that it’s very wearable as-is!

This fabric is part of my … I think all I have left from that trip is the orange bandana print!

Dresses: Day 94

Well, today was supposed to be another omnibus day of multiple images but I overslept so we’ll just do this one, okay?

This is a new Butterick 7513; while I was posting the photos for and , I thought, hey, why don’t I make another one of these? So I did:

The stuntiness of this dress is slightly more subtle, but I’m sure you’ll see it. The fabric is (also comes in !). It’s not a fantastic fabric for this dress … it doesn’t quite drape right (as you can see above). But it’s certainly good enough.

I am probably never going to wear it buttoned to the neck like this, but it looks better in the pictures. Except huh, looking at it in photos now I can see that the third button down is slightly out of alignment. Oh well. This is what I get for sewing them on while watching a movie.

And here’s the back!

I also made this in FULL ON CAMO and I haven’t even been able to wear it yet. I might have finally made a dress that’s even too obnoxious for me to wear. We’ll see …


Dresses: Day 93

So I have more dresses left than days left to post them in (adhering strictly to the hundred-days requirement) so I’ll be doubling up a bit for this last week … so here’s a giant post of all my crossword-themed dresses! These were all worn to the …

Here’s the :

The neck gathering/piping is truly atrocious (you can’t tell this was a rush job AT ALL, can you?):

Scalloped hem. Why? Well, why not?

It was kind of a waste because you can’t even tell the hem is scalloped:

You can tell, however, that I didn’t have a regular zipper in black OR white and had to put in (I kid you not) a big ol’ plastic SEPARATING ZIPPER:

For some reason the dress I made in 2008 didn’t turn up after a fairly extensive search of the house and grounds. Huh. (Perhaps it didn’t want to be associated with the dress above?) Well, the pictures from are pretty decent …

Here’s the :

Futura pockets!

The bodice (yeah it’s all upside down, I just wanted to add to the difficulty level for the people filling in the puzzle [joke]):

Full back:

Here’s the :

I tried to match the grid across the pockets:

I actually like the fading of this particular print, as it makes it look more newsprinty, but since the bias edging didn’t fade AT ALL (of course, why would it?), I don’t like the contrast:

The back (you can see the fading more here):

If you want your own crossword puzzle fabric, there is usually some floating around on eBay/Etsy, or you can try Spoonflower — details of the fabric I used are .

Dresses: Day 92

Today is a twofer; here’s dress 1:

This is , which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.

I do really like the collar:

Side zip, eh:

The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:

I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:

This is one of my favorite Liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in , I bought some more and made this:

I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:

The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:

Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:

And the side zip:

Man, I wish I had more of this fabric …

Dresses: Day 91

Here’s another McCall’s 8858, which I made :


I really love this fabric, even if it wasn’t the best choice for these facings:


This was one of the first side-zip-and-pocket combos I ever did, if I recall correctly. So it’s a bit wonky:


And the back had to be piece, because I didn’t have quite enough fabric.


I wish I had more grass-green dresses. They’re so happy and restful. And since I hide on St. Patrick’s Day anyway, I can usually minimize the risk of being mistaken for a leprechaun.