10.05.2018

Fall...


Sometimes a garment gets stuck in your craw and sets up shop until you make it. This particular dress did just that, chillin' in my noggin' for THREE YEARS until I finally got it out of my head and right (ish). 


Sallie Oh's romantic beauty was the original vision in my mind, and at first, I set out to make a full on copy of my girl's floaty, liberty flowered, burdastyle midi dress. I had two attempts at my imitation: one fail, one fail-ish. I knew after the first try (the fail in Liberty silk cotton, huzzah) that the gathered skirt panels didn't suit me. 

I'm getting deja vu here-- have I typed this exact paragraph before? It's a little foggy.


Speaking of foggy. September. Right? September happened. I was out of my head for most of it, honestly didn't even acknowledge a numbered date, so much as a Wednesday. Maybe that's for the best, considering what September was in the larger world. In my smaller bubble, it's been happily (although batshit crazily) nonstop sewing, filming, singing, and traveling. Since the end of July, really. Which is just how I like it--but I think Rob would appreciate having some apartment space back. Our living room (which basically means, our home) has been entirely usurped by boxes, supplies, and fabric for two straight months now, with no sign of stopping. AGAIN SO NOT COMPLAINING. But I feel for Rob. It's like a game of twister up in here.


This is obviously not our apartment. This is a SUPER posh hotel, where I was housed for a job which marked the start of the nonstop rollercoaster. I can't say what the gig was (yet), but I can say the lodging was CHOICE. When I got wind of the location, I packed a suitcase full of sweeping dresses and used every minute of downtime to swan about and take pictures. My fellow guests didn't mind one bit--in fact, the technicolor parade opened the door to many a wonderful conversation with strangers on this solo trip.


The third try at this pattern is still an "ish," as you can see I've got a few wrinkles across the back. I added my own l/s lines, and did my standard short waist adjustment of one and a quarter inches. Usually, this does the trick, but I need a little more length taken out of the back bodice. 


It certainly ain't stopping me from wearing it! This sweepy gal got her debut onstage, in a concert reading of "Showboat" at Bucks County Playhouse. I got to sing "Bill" and "Can't Help Lovin That Man" in 5 yards of silk chiffon. WHAT EXTRA BACK BODICE LENGTH. At events like this, actors usually wear their own fanciness, so OBVIOUSLY, I was gonna wear handmade. I was slam sewing right up until curtain. At half hour, when the fabulous ladies of the cast were applying the usual war paint, I was madly stitching allllll those buttons along the front edge. Note to self: next time, start the placket lower, or add another button above. 


Oh! Last changeup, I used a half circle skirt to finish the job. The CB seam of the skirt became the CF seam, making it possible to extend the buttons all the way down, and removing the need for a zip! 

I think this might be the most haphazard post I've ever written. I BLAME THE ROLLERCOASTER!! Come on back Monday for some yammerin about the slamdance that was the end of summer, or if you follow me on Instagram, you'll get the deets later today ;)

Happy weekend, y'all!

15 comments:

  1. A lovely dress and you look gawjus as usual. Love the hotel.

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    1. thanks Barbara!

      Ooh, that hotel. And that was the backside of it!

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  2. OMG this is everything!!1 I love it! It is Oscar carpet perfection circa 1976. That perfect blend of tailored and feminine. SOOO good. I love that you wore your own make for the concert. <3

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    1. OH MY GAWD please let me always be in red carpet circa 1976!! Thank you, I love that!

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  3. That dress is SO beautiful! The style, the wonderful fabric, the model...

    What a nice thing to see in my feed.

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    1. Rebecca, you truly made me smile. Thank you!

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  4. You look like a star in this dress! Love the floral fabric, perfectly retro in this style.

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    1. Thank you!! You shoulda seen me pulling patio chairs out of the way, very glamorous 😂

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  5. I hardly ever comment .This is one of the best looking dresses i have ever seen . Just beautiful.

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  6. Oh, just have to add, the dress will become a heirloom .☺

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    1. Kay, thank you so much! What a wonderful thing to say!

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  7. The style is definitely a great use of the fabric!

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  8. Oooo! Gorgeous! I am so tempted to copy it. All those button loops scare me a bit though - not sewing but wearing.

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    1. girl ME TOO. As I buttoned it up for its virgin outing, I considered the fact that coming undone would be extremely public...as in, onstage in a spotlight public... I did some quick hardcore calisthenics to spot check before running to places 😂

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