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pushing daisies dress

if you are making things that go on this blog, and you haven’t watched pushing daises, you are doing something wrong. anna friel’s character chuck has the GREATEST wardrobe EVER! its all very very 1950’s and 1960’s vintage, right on down to her underwear! i watched the entire series on netflix a while back and fell head over heels in love with this dress

isn’t that amazing? ugh, i needed it. i needed it bad. i had that photo saved on my computer since i saw the episode… but i haven’t had the right amount of fabric to make it until now. (everything i make is from recycled, salvaged or vintage fabrics and linens so yardage isn’t always what i hope for) last week my momma bought me a set of curtains and they became this beast:

i can hear the heavenly “aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” every time i look at it

i am NEVER taking this off! it was a pretty tough dress to make. figuring out how to put in the zipper without taking away from the bubble skirts volume was a little tricky, but i figured it out. i also was able to add in pockets! woop! woop!

to make this i used simplicity 3430 for the top and simplicity 7995 for the bottom, and drafted the bubble myself. i had to make mine a little less big and dramatic than the original, because i do not have killer long legs. i have litte short ones and am not nearly as tall. argggggh. however– i think my fabric is cooler! sorta. at least for fall it is!

just LOOK at that texture!

in all, i think this is the best thing i have ever made. i love it! im wearing it to a wedding tonight, so hopefully i will have good photos in it later on! more on my blog like always!

About the author: i live in san antonio– deep in the heart of texas! i’ve been sewing for about 10 years with experience as a professional tailor. i have a killer vintage pattern collection and some mad, mad skills…

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • sewinghappyplace November 11, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Inspired and inspiring! My hat is off to you. This is just gorgeous.

  • Miss Crayola Creepy November 11, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Adding that to Netflix right now….

    LOVE the dress!

  • Ange November 11, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Beautiful! What a great job you did. And yes, I want one now too!!

  • Always Alice November 11, 2011, 6:54 pm

    oh baby, that dress is awesome! and pushing daisies… never heard of it but i’m watching it as soon as i finish writing this…. and the zipper is great. i love doing the center overlapped zip.

  • Inkdork November 12, 2011, 3:31 am

    Gorgeous! The bubble turned out great. Good job on the zip too- I need more practice with zippers… lol.

  • lizzy November 12, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Wow!! It is beautiful! I love it!

  • OverTheStars November 13, 2011, 5:19 pm

    wonderful! I agree Chuck has the greatest style!!! and can’t help but love the pie maker heh

  • Joni November 14, 2011, 7:13 pm

    I think the cancellation of Pushing Daisies is one of the greatest injustices of my lifetime. Not seeing Lee Pace on my television screen once a week = sadface.

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