Dresses: Day 61

I *think* this is the last — I went and dug it out of the “winter dresses” storage container in the garage, although really, in San Francisco you can pretty much wear your winter clothes on any random day in July. My east coast habits will die hard, though, and I’ll pull out that bin of corduroy and wool just when we hit that string of lovely 70+F days in late September and early October. (Someday I’ll learn …)

Speaking of wool, this is Liberty Jubilee, which is one of my favorite fabrics in the world. Jubilee is not the pattern name; it’s the name of their wool/cotton mix. It’s lightweight, warm, and wrinkle-free. (This was not-so-gently placed in the aforementioned storage bin and I was able to photograph it without pressing it.) I don’t think they make it anymore, which is a shame. (There’s also the , which is wool/silk … I have a piece but I haven’t made anything with it yet.)

Here’s the bodice:

And the side zip & pocket:

And the back:


Wow, the days are going by really quickly. I can’t believe that we’ll be done in a little over a month!


Dresses: Day 60

Another Vogue 8728 — you’ve , too. I do so love a broken plaid:

I only wish I had this fabric with the dark/light sections reversed. That would be even better.

I’m particularly fond of this stony gray.

The placement of the blank bits on the back was accidental but I like how they balance each other out …

I vaguely remember that I made this dress for a traveling occasion (not sure which one) and ended up hemming it in a hotel room (maybe?). In any case, I’m going to use that dim recollection as an excuse to post my traveling sewing kit:

This is the one I toss in my suitcase when I’m traveling. I was going to tell you how big it is but you can see the seam gauge ruler right there. Here it is outside the bag:

The Sharpie is for, well, Sharpie-ing, and the dental floss is really handy for sewing on coat buttons that inconveniently pop off. I used to carry buttonhole twist but I hated carrying a whole spool and I usually had the wrong color, anyway. (The Sharpie comes in handy for coloring the dental floss that’s visible once you’ve sewn on the button.) Here are the little Altoid tins opened: safety pins, random button assortment for close-enough matches, and a little bit of fusible tape … just in case.

And of course the pins and needles:

Do you have a portable sewing kit? What’s in it?

Dresses: Day 59

Another , this time in bright pink dotted swiss:

I posted this dress — I wore it on my 40th birthday. It really is THAT PINK:

Here’s the side zip:

And the back:

I really do love dotted swiss, but I haven’t made up any other dresses in it since this one. (And I have at *least* three other pieces, and maybe five …) I’m thinking maybe might be a good candidate …

And in news, thanks very much to for her !

Dresses: Day 58

Don’t worry, there aren’t 8728 s. This one dates from :


I think this may be my most recent alphabet-print dress. I have lots and lots of alphabet-print FABRIC still, but I haven’t felt the need to make any of it up recently. Perhaps because I give fewer dictionary-themed talks these days?

The bodice (the type’s not quite so sharp on this one):

Pretty decent zipper:

And the back:

Today’s Vogue 8728 comes with a bonus helping of Supreme Court Justice:

(You can get the full story .)

(the book) is now up to … but it’s always nice to have more, if you’ve read the book and want to have your say!

Dresses: Day 57

I bet you know what is coming, yes? Another .

This fabric is called “” — and yes, it’s Liberty.

I love these stony greens:

And the back view:

I always intended to make an 8728 in full-on silk (I did make one in silk-cotton) but I never got around to it. I’m still on the lookout for a casual-ish pattern to use with silk, something like :



Dresses: Day 56

I hope you’re aren’t tired of Vogue 8728 just yet … this one is my absolute favorite one:


I’ve posted about this one … it’s Liberty .


I even have a pair of that match this dress.


Looking at this dress makes me so happy. I think I might wear it again this week.

I have a skirt made from this fabric as well, if by “have” you mean “it’s waiting at the bottom of the fix-it pile and will probably turn into crude oil before I get to it.” I also have a tiny bit of this fabric left over (might have to hit up that Shaukat link up above) in this colorway, and some in a bright pink poplin (that was part of the Liberty/Target collaboration, and that I found completely by accident in a NYC fabric store).


Dresses: Day 55

I still have some s still to show you, including this one, which was the .

I am such a huge fan of mixed green-blue prints, like this one:

Side zip … eh:

And the back:

I love this dress, but honestly, if you’re going to go look at a dress today, go look at  !