Dresses: Day 87

Another … you guys are starting to get the idea that I’m pretty much a binge sewist, right? I find a pattern and just make it over and over until I can’t make it any more.

I actually bought this fabric in two colorways — this red/blue and a brown/maroon/green. I made a skirt from the brown colorway but I actually think I might have some of it left. Looking at this again I think “hmm, I should go dig that up …”

The facing here (I remember) is Kona quilting cotton:

Here’s a better look at matching the pattern at the center front seam:

And the bodice without the facing displayed (aka stealth mode). [Which now makes me want to write a book called “Steath Mode: The Secrets of Being Quietly Fashionable” and talk about all the luxury brands without visible labels, how to commission custom garments, etc. etc.]

Brightly colored zips make me happy:

And the back — this fabric is really lightweight (and soft, too, which you can’t really see in the pictures) so the back facing is very obvious:

Also, in news, thanks to Emily at Shell Chic’d for this !

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Dresses: Day 86

Here’s another Vogue 9670, that I made .

This fabric looks like Liberty, but I don’t think it is, since I bought it in . (How old is that post? I’m talking about DIAL-UP INTERNET. That’s old, folks.)

Also, is there a place name more evocative of adventure than “Shanghai”? I suppose it’s possible to go to Shanghai and have a boring time, but I bet you have to work at it. I love Shanghai, both the name and the place. I mean, it’s even a verb! I’d go back to Shanghai like a shot if I had an excuse.

The facing here is bright pink, because, um, pink? My other choice was that buttercup yellow, and I couldn’t find a good-enough match.

The zip is pink, too. I keep thinking I’ll switch it out for one that doesn’t stand out so much, and then I never do.

The bias tape on the sleeve is that minty toothpaste blue, which doesn’t really go, but then again it’s not seen very often:

And here’s the back:

This dress is a lot of fun to wear; it’s extremely comfortable and the fabric has got a great hand to it. This is also one of the few things I wear that has this much purple in it — I’m not a fan of purple, not really sure why. I understand it’s a color that grows on you when you’re older; I saw some research somewhere about how your eyes perceive different wavelengths or perceive the same wavelengths differently or something (could I be more vague? no, I could not) and it somehow explained the tendency of older women to wear more orangey lipsticks. Which I thought was probably complete and utter BS, but that factoid has stayed with me and here we are, no better off than we were before, but prepared for the possibility, however remote, of someday feeling more kindly towards purple.

(And for those of you who are asking WHERE ARE THE DUROS? They are a-comin’. Hold tight!)

Dresses: Day 85

I had really, really high hopes for this :

I love the stripes on this fabric — and I matched them (on the front at least) pretty well:

I like the offset stripes of the neck facing:

The back stripes don’t match so much:

Unfortunately this dress is SUPERWRINKLY. I don’t usually care about wrinkles, but after three minutes in this dress you look like you’ve been hiding under the sink for three hours. It looked like this less than five minutes after ironing, only from the exertion of getting it on the dress form:

So I ended up not wearing it that often, and on one of the rare occasions when I did wear it, I also managed to rip it under the arm and I don’t think it’s easily fixable:

More photos on the , when I was still full of hope for this one. Oh well, good thing there’s plenty of fabric in the world, huh?

Dresses: Day 50

So, remember the Tetris Dress? In case you don’t remember … back in 2006 I  that someday I’d love to have Tetris fabric, so that I could make a border-print Tetris dress. Then, in 2009, the extremely awesome (and cool) Jenny at  made some Tetris fabric with . A few months later … happened.

I should really go check how many people find my blog after googling “Tetris dress”, shouldn’t I? It’s still one of the dresses I get the most emails about. (I wore it to give a short talk at the .)

Here’s a closer look at the very-80s-blue front facings:

Here’s the back … I almost didn’t get that yellowy-greeny piece to clear the middle back seam.

This pattern is , which I’ve made quite a . Here’s the side zipper:

The bright blue pockets:

And, of course, the most important part — the border.

I don’t wear this that much anymore, because the fabric wasn’t entirely colorfast … there’s fading on the skirt:

And on the bodice:

And especially at the front waist seam:

Now when I buy digitally-printed fabric I wash it first with this (it is extremely poisonous and has a super-scary label, but it works …) and I haven’t had as many problems with fading since trying this trick. (I don’t do a separate soak, just running it through the regular wash seems to do the trick.)

I miss wearing this dress, though, because it always gets a great reaction (and , it seems). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Tetris?

(And … we’re halfway done with a-hundred-dresses-for-The-Hundred-Dresses! If you’re just joining us, please check out the links to the book .)