southwestern-ish dress

by christine on April 6, 2012 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

i think that like, 90% of the posts i make are from the same sewing pattern… and today isn’t going to be an exception! i made this little dress last night from simplicity 4637, and am having a pretty hard time deciding if i like it or not.

i just stared at it on the dress form for like, an hour last night… it was weird. so today i dressed it up with a big buckle and cowboy boots and i think i like it a little bit more, but i’m STILL not totally sold…

basically, i live with a boy and he is NO help. everything i make he says, “that looks great, honey!” so i would like some honest girl opinions please. what do you think?

thanks for your help! as always, more on my blog!


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futuralon April 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

It’s a loud print but you have a slim figure and the dress has simple style lines, so you have a lot to work with. I’d probably wear this with a dark cardigan and tights with flats. Another idea is with a white or blue chambray shirt knotted at the waist, with cowboy boots or flat sandals. How about with a moto jacket and oxford shoes? Knotted belt? Layered over something long-sleeved? Layered under a long modern open front cardigan and long pendant necklace? Just the dress but with lots of bracelets and loose hair? The cut and loose fit suggest a casual outfit but maybe you could take it up a notch with nude platform pumps and a gold belt or statement chunky necklaces.


Anonymous April 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

I like it! Nice colours – looks good with the brown.


Robyn April 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

I think it is darling, love how you styled it.


Rory April 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

I think it’s a darling dress, but I’m going to make a prediction. I think that despite being cute, and a fun print and something that you styled well, there’s something that you feel is off about it and can’t put a finger on it. It’s like that guy who was always so nice and cute, and yet he was forever relegated to the friend status and not boyfriend material. There was never anything wrong with him. So much like that guy, this dress is a friend, not a soul mate for you. Doesn’t mean you should toss it, though.


Nicole April 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I love everything about this dress. I think you’ve done a great job pairing that print and that pattern together!


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