Friday, March 28, 2014

Also at the Art Museum

I was feeling just fine with my normal white background photos for L's Easter/wedding dress, but when L found out we were taking pictures at the Art Museum she insisted on wearing her new outfit, too. I'm glad she did, the wind at the top of the plaza actually worked in this (what I had been considering) sad little dress's favor. A few gusts of wind, and a well timed twirl, make it look far better than it did on the hanger at home.
This pattern was self drafted, which is to say I put a piece of paper on L's back and drew a few lines. The bodice is the same pin stripe linen from J's vest, cut on the bias. The skirt is the full width of the fabric, with a 6" difference in length from front to back. I was hoping for a paler pink for the skirt. This little number was far too last minute to find the perfect fabric online, so I bought good enough fabric on Fabric Row.

You may remember the inspiration from a few posts ago. I was most concerned about replicating the proportion, but I should have paid more attention to the simplicity.  I made a few bad decisions at the very last minute (as in bags packed, car at the curb, kids shoes on, dress not hemmed, you get the picture).  I'm most annoyed by the trim at the hem.  It's gratuitously matchy, and a bit of a distraction.

I could beat myself up about this perfectly fine dress, but I've already thought of something else to sew with my new bodice pattern, so I'm going to move on.
As a companion to J's vest, this dress is doing its job. L thinks her dress is fantastic, I will try to satisfy myself with that.


  1. I like that you cut the bodice on the bias, I think it's lovely. It is no fun, though, when something does not turn out the way that you envisioned it. Definitely does help, though, if they like it:)

    1. Pics are the best! Where is J crew? Kristi, I have ordered the boys pattern for our Michael. He will be spiffy at the rehearsal dinner for our wedding! Thanks for the great post.. I head to joann next week!

  2. Thanks Chrissy. Michael will be so cute, can't wait to see the wedding photos!

  3. just found your blog through flickr/kcw and so glad i did! i grew up outside of philadelphia but don't live near there anymore so this is so fun to see :)