Wednesday, July 1, 2015
This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! It reminded me that I never blogged about the dress I made for our 10th anniversary a couple years ago. We had a special mass in French and marriage blessing, and it was the first time in about 5 years at the time that we were able to visit family in France, where we got married. It was a special year! It was also while I was still finding my way around using patterns to make dresses, and I wanted to make a special dress for the occasion.
I settled on Vogue 1172. I was in love with the massive skirt, complete with godets!
And I unfolded it, and it kept unfolding and unfolding, like magic! I was amazed at how compact the fabric was. It had a gorgeous sheen, and it was so incredibly light, and yet strong. Clearly this was my first time working with 100% real silk.
It went together fairly easily, this might have been my first Vogue pattern? I was a little intimidated, but it was not as difficult as I expected!
It was also one of my first hand picked zippers.
I completed the dress itself....
...but I wanted to add a little bit of tone on tone pink in the form of a big sash!
This was also one of my first waist stays, I was very proud of it! Here it is in action, making that zip super easy to close.
I was very proud of my fluffy pink cloud of a dress on the day of our celebration!
|Big Pink Bow, YES!|
The following year, I pulled out my dress again for a gala we planned to attend. I still had a bit of the fabric left, and the only part I wasn't completely satisfied with on the dress was the neckline and sleeve, I just didn't think it was the most flattering on me. So I decided to make a little cropped jacket to go with it. I used McCalls 5006, and was really pleased with the outcome!
I lined the jacket with the same darker pink I used for the sash, and covered the button with it as well.
I really loved the combo of the dress and jacket!
The hat I got for Easter one year, doesn't it go well with the dress? I love it...
Since it had been a while since my first pics (which were with my phone!) I thought I'd snap a few without the jacket as well. You'll note I tied the sash in front this time, it's nice having some versatility. :-)
I did have a pair of petticoats on this time! One of them is new, I'll be blogging about it soon...here's a sneak peak. :-)
I still get excited when I see this dress, I adore the color, the fabric, and the giant swishy skirt. It was certainly a success, and really helped me along with gaining confidence in my sewing skills, especially using a (Vogue!) pattern.
Monday, June 29, 2015
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I thought for a while about which pattern to use and settled on Retro Butterick 6175, an out of print pattern that I had seen and fallen in love with. Luckily I was able to find a copy close to my size on Etsy.
It was pretty simple to put together, the most involved part was the gathered sleeves. I'm very pleased with how they turned out!
This makes my 4th Vintage Pledge item, only one more to go!
One of my favorite parts of this dress is the back, I love how the sleeves meet the bodice and the shape they create at the back.
This was my first time doing a center zipper that didn't go all the way to the top.
I did my usual skirt gathering preference, leaving most of the fullness in the sides and back and leaving the front flat.
I almost forgot to snap a pic with the sweater that inspired it all, lol, but it works just as well as I'd hoped!
|I've really got to work on a happier concentration face!|
|That's a bit better!|
|A little higher, I think...|