Sunday, 7 February 2010

Yellow in the Rain

Here's Butterick 3526, with a bit of redesigning! I started this dress last Sunday, as a 'back up' dress to the Music Festival, because I was worried I'd be too hot in this dress, but it turned out fine. I used the bodice pieces, where you can see best in the black n white checked dress:


Those pattern pieces mean your bodice is right up under your boobs, and I wanted a gathered skirt, so I thought I'd also make a waistband to attach the gathered skirt and the bodice together (so that it didn't like a baby doll dress gone wrong) and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out:

 

It was a cotton table cloth before (at least I think it was, since all the edges were hemmed) and I folded it in half and used 20 inches of fabric for the skirt and I used the hem of the tablecloth so I didn't have to hem the skirt at the end.

I matched up the yellow stripe in the bodice and the waistband so that the brighter colours were at the front, and kinda matched the collar as best as the fabric left over allowed.

 

As the tablecloth material is kinda thick, and I didn't really have enough to do a proper collar (you know facing or lining or whatever it's called) I zig zagged the edges and then ironed them under and top stitched the edges. It doesn't have the weight now, and I'm considering ironing interfacing underneath, but we'll see if I get round to it. As I'm over facings in bodices, I used the bias binding technique again on the collar and the armholes, and with heaps of ironing they work fine.

As for the umbrella? It has rained NON STOP since Friday here at my house, and Husbie and I were laughing so much outside taking these phots! And the pin curls? Addicted! I keep forgetting to show you after shots of my hair!

So, it's another rainy day here and I think we'll get the house a little ship shaped and then I'll finish off a few other things. I guess this dress is kinda part of Amanda's Vintage Pattern Challenge, but I will do the full version of the dress too (maybe with sleeves?) AND I've got to show you the pink stripey dress finished too (hemming today).

17 comments:

  1. oh my gosh...you've got to be joking me!! you look fantastic! those shoes to! wow this is a totally inspiring outfit!
    Allison
    www.littlethistles.blogspot.com

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  2. That's a stunner Veronica! Love the yellow, and the matching shoes just top it off so nicely. Super cute.

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  3. Oh my goodness, never seen your blog before, but this yellow dress is a total winner! Veronica I am totally in love with that pattern - where can I get it??! Help!

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  4. Wow! That's awesome! I LOVE the fabric!

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  5. That is really cute - I need to find this pattern now!

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  6. this is sooooo cute! I love the colour, the collar, the skirt...pretty much everything. Great job!

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  7. The shape and colour of the dress is great. The bodice part looks so fancy and tailored. Nice job!

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  8. That is one of the cutest dresses I have seen in ages. I badly want one for myself. Lurve the shoes too - you are lookin' hot!

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  9. Love the redesign of the dress--it looks great! And matching up the stripes in front is a great effect....love the collar as well...and the shoes...LOVELY!

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  10. What a cracker dress! I think that's the best way to go with patterns - take the bits you like and make up the rest of it. That collar is just rad too.

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  11. The yellow dress is so beautiful! I like it! IT looks so sunny even with the rain!

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  12. I adore the dress and prefer your version over the original. And those yellow shoes???? I LOVE them!!

    You look utterly fabulous!

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  13. Can your shoes match any more perfectly? Spot on! I love it! And that collar is just fantastic.

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  14. i cannot tell you how much i love this, and to think it's from a tablecloth. you are gorgeous!!!

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