Good morning, I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Ours was very low key – some gatherings with friends, a lot of loafing around. And much sewing.
I’ve been having an orange moment. Especially the deep, almost red variety. Let’s start with this little retro number.
It’s from this book, and I’ve seen this dress around the sewing blogosphere for awhile and have always wanted to make it. It’s really an adorable style, though I have to say that it’s not the fastest thing to sew with all those little contrasting bands.
The fabric is a quilting cotton from JoAnn’s purchased a long time ago with a vague idea of sewing something for me. It’s a Donna Wilder collection according to the selvedge. The contrasting white fabric is just muslin, and I had to double-up since it was a little too sheer. Look at those teeth (that’s two permanent teeth completely filling the space of four baby teeth)!
As a nod to the fabulous Vintage May series by Skirt as Top and CINO, I wanted to make a vintage-inspired dress, and I think it fits the bill, don’t you? All she needs is a rootbeer float and a letterman’s jacket.
I have about 100 shots of her in this pose.
As for this loveliness, it was the opposite of the retro dress, and took all of an hour to complete. Love it when that happens. We had a bit of a skerfuffle about the way the dress should be worn. The buttons are supposed to be in the back, but as usual, K wanted it the other way.
I like them in the front too, but I wanted to see how it would look the ‘proper’ way, and this resulted in a meltdown of all meltdowns. She sat for a long time and refused to get up. We’ve all had the sniffles this weekend, so that might account for the disproportionate emotional outbursts.
Fortunately, hugs were dispensed and moods restored. And after turning the dress around the way she likes it, she started to do that pose again…and yes, the tattoo from last week is still on her arm.
The pattern is from this book, and the fabric is a stunning cotton sateen. It has a subtle sheen and a swishy, luxe feel to it. With that full skirt, the twirlability is top notch too. I want this dress in my size and may have to go get more of this beautiful stuff…
Do you like orange? Yellow and orange were not my faves before, but maybe it’s the approach of summer that attracts me to those hues like a moth to a light. And K’s pick out of the two? The swishy twirly sateen dress, of course.