Dresses: Day 98

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 …):

The cuff:

The back:

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.


Dresses: Day 74

This is my absolute favorite :

It’s a Liberty print, one that I’m pretty sure is called . It’s twill — I have made two other skirts with it (one in a brown/turquoise, and one in a pale blue), and I have some if it in pale blue silk that someday, when I’m feeling invincible, I will cut into. (It is the most beautiful fabric in the world.)

I love these colors together:

I like to wear this with a pale lavender cardigan and a bright orange belt, and I like that I was able to position the print just so on the bodice:

The side zip is just ‘eh’:

And the back:

I wish I’d bought all of this fabric that was ever made … I still look for more from time to time.

Dresses: Day 63

I thought today I would show you the opposite of yesterday’s . Same pattern, completely different feel:

This is , and I bought it because it just seemed so autumn-y. Great for those days in California where the calendar says it is almost Halloween but the thermometer says “you won’t need that cardigan sweater.” I love this color combination of slate gray, pumpkin orange, and mashed-baby-food-peas green:

Here’s the side zip:

And the back:


I like to wear this with mustard-colored knee socks and brown boots; and carry a cardigan, just in case. I also have a goldenrod-colored gauze scarf that looks nice with this dress. Can you tell I’m already getting wistful for fall clothes, and me with a bin full of seersucker and madras left to sew for this summer still?

Dresses: Day 62

I keep finding Vogue 9929s. I can’t believe I made so many of them! I remember this one went together really quickly:

I think this is a quilting cotton, or something not far from it. I have no idea where I bought it, but here’s a closer look:

And the bodice:

And the side zip (B-):

The back:

I really wish I had the right color pink or green Keds to wear with this. I think I mostly default to yellow sandals … this is definitely a summer-Saturday dresses (in places with warmer summer Saturdays than here). It goes extremely well with ice cream …


Dresses: Day 51

If you’ve ever wondered what would look like in , consider your curiosity satisfied:

After realizing that there was probably no way to salvage yesterday’s dress, I decided to try for Tetris Dress 2. This time I prewashed the fabric with , and I think the results are MUCH better:

You’re still never going to get a deep deep black from digitally printed fabric, I think. But that lessens the contrast (SLIGHTLY) with my not-especially-invisible purple zipper:

I used hem facing tape to help weigh down the hem, which was necessary because the fabric’s a bit lightweight. (And a Tetris dress should have a solid hem, don’t you think?)

Here you can see it finished:

And … the back:


I would say that this is probably my last Tetris dress for a while, but who knows? I should also mention here that I do not make these dresses commercially, but if you do a quick Etsy search you should find several people who WILL sell you a Tetris dress of your very own!

(Disclosure … Spoonflower uses the Wordnik APIs — you can read more about it — but no money changes hands and I was a customer of Spoonflower before they began using the Wordnik API.)

Dresses: Day 36

Another 9929! This is the first Vogue 9929 I ever made — .

There are only a few things “wrong” with it, unusual for a first-draft dress. One that you can’t see is that the pockets are too low and too small. (I could conceivably fix this; practically the chances are nil.) The other is that I didn’t plan out the piecing of the bias binding for the neck correctly, and so there’s a big fat seam right in front, like so:

Somehow I didn’t manage to take a picture of the back of this dress, but the zipper isn’t too bad. A C.

I really love this fabric so much — huge scale florals make me happy, bright color + gray makes me happy, and this fabric in particular has a lovely silky hand that (you guessed it) makes me happy. I hope you’re wearing something that makes you happy today, too.

PS I took a ton of new pictures yesterday … shirtdresses are coming soon, including two NEW ones from .

Dresses: Day 35

And … another Vogue 9929. You’ve seen this one before, too, from .

It’s Liberty Mim, probably one of my favorite Liberty prints. (I mentioned it in , too.)

I haven’t seen any for sale recently, but it turns up on Ebay/Etsy more often than you might think. It seems to be used a lot for children’s clothing (uh, I wonder why …) so those manufacturers sometimes have leftovers.

I had some of this in a darker colorway, too, and it turned into a Duro (whose picture I can’t find) and then a pen exploded on it and that was the end of that. The moral of this story is always use pencils instead.

Here’s the zip, not too bad, C:

Did you know there’s a ? I’ve enrolled and will report back. Never too late to learn something new!

And here’s the back. Probably my favorite thing about this colorway of Mim is the blue/teal and the pink/orange juxtapositions, and then those big candy.jpgnk clouds … so much to be happy about.