February 6, 2009

2009 – The Year of the Dress

Not certain why but I am loving wearing dresses to work lately. I sort of went through the Katharine Hepburn period the last 2 years with lots of slacks and sweaters and jackets. I think the turn came when I purchased a great JCrew dress on sale – a sort of retro 1950’s style cotton voile dress that lots of folks commented on and that I really love to wear! And with Michelle Obama in the house - there is dress inspiration EVERYWHERE!

So, the search for the dress patterns began! A couple of wonderful friends gave me some terrific vintage patterns that I promise to use soon; however, the problem with vintage patterns is that the cut of the patterns is very different from current patterns and I will have to spend a fair amount of time “altering and muslining” those garments!

So enter McCall’s 5576. - - - my, Lauren’s and Barb’s love of Michael Kors steered me there! Here we are in Nicaragua - Lauren is wearing the MK blouse that was worn by all of us at some point during the trip!!!

The pattern turned out to be a great purchase. It's the same pattern I used for my OBAMA MAMA dress – except, for the Obama creation, I omitted the zipper and I used a smaller sized pattern --- it fit wonderfully.

But I digress! Here's the finished product – on the dress form and live in person!

The fabric is a medium to heavy weight knit - a wonderful hand and really easy to work with!

The yoke is Dupioni silk. I love that fabric!

The sleeves are lined! Instant volume and stature and sooooo easy!

I have a couple of additional cuts of fabric that will definitely have a second life as this dress!


Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Love that pattern and the dresses you've made from it! I had passed it over in the book because it looked to simple but I see that it is deceptively simple and very flattering. I'll have to check it out.

Boutique Mix Fashion said...

I love the dress!!!!