What a difference a photograph makes!

Hi fellow sewists!

I’ve just written a post on my Crimson Gardenia blog on the amazing difference that photography can make to the way clothing looks.

I’m sure we’ve all been fooled by an amazing looking drawing on a sewing envelope only to be underwhelmed by the results and then notice that the artist has drawn the waist smaller than a human hand, but I’ve come across a beautiful example of photography being quite deceptive too.

Pic 1

Would you give this a second look in a crowded secondhand rack?

I would love to say that I would grab this in a heartbeat, but I’m not sure that I would. More fool me though… because…

Pic 2

Displayed in all of its glory

*sigh* I wish my imagination worked better than it clearly does! 🙂

Check out my blog for more detail and my Pinterest board for more amazing vintage beauties.


PS. No, I don’t own this piece of loveliness… it’s safely homed at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

• Meet the Author • CrimsonGardenia

I love the period between 1930 to 1959 - music, architecture, dancing, cars and, of course, clothing! I don't get as much time as I'd like to sew anymore because I have just started up my own business (eek!) - Crimson Gardenia. So this is what happy/nervous/stressed/satisfied feels like! ;-)

5 comments… add one

  • This is truly a lesson! Thanks for posting it.

  • I think it is a beautiful dress! What a difference in photos.

  • photograph is really a work ….

  • I love the dress and the illustration. Excellent! I see it in etsy and really want to learn to make clothes photos look real.

  • Give me this dress!


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