I’ve posted variations of this dress before, along with the gory saga of fitting the pattern.
I actually finished this version of the dress for the Fourth of July, 2013, and wore it on a day trip to Camp Hearne, but I haven’t posted it because I didn’t have the matching bolero done.
The bolero needed a little tweaking, but nothing like the dress pattern did, which is fortunate because I might otherwise be posting this for the Fourth of July, 2027.
Pardon the squinting. This is on the courthouse square in El Dorado, Arkansas, where the weather was incredibly lovely but sunny.
This photo is also proof that not all introverts are shy.
Almost everything was closed because of the holiday, but we went for breakfast at Jimmy B‘s (I highly recommend the Western omelet) and then wandered around for awhile, just because. There was one antique shop open. My brother got some old Ball jars to use as samples at work (he’s an archaeologist, except in Arkansas it’s spelled “archeologist”, because you can do that when you’re the most geographically beautiful state in the Union), and I got a Napco sitting Great Dane and a Frankoma “Good Luck” trivet, which has horseshoes on it, in case I someday achieve the cowboy-themed kitchen of my dreams.
In case anyone is wondering: The buttons are decorative only, but there are two hooks-and-loops on the inside edge of the jacket to keep it closed. I will very definitely be using the jacket pattern again to go with my sundresses–this was awesome as a coverup for sun/air-conditioning/situation-appropriateness. Also, because people always ask, the boots are Ariat Heritage r-toes. I also have them in brown. They’re super comfortable.
This is a little thing but it’s been nagging me forever.
What do you call the kind of pocket seen in this Flickr set (Simplicity 4717, 1943). (This is my set; I made the dress a couple of years ago.)
I’ve gotten in the habit of thinking of them as “Colonial pockets” because they’re similar to the pockets women wore as a separate accessory before pockets installed in clothing became common, but I know that that’s only my lazy term for them and they must have a proper name. Unfortunately, since I don’t know what that name is, I can’t search for it, and since they’re not a terribly common kind of pocket they’re not coming up on my various “types of pockets” searches.
I’m sure we all saw that today’s Google Doodle is in honor of Edith Head‘s 116th birthday:
I definitely had a “look” going this spring.
In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family. I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time. I decided to make Advance 4864 (1948) because it had the same general shape, so most of my fitting work would already be done:
But since the second wedding was that of another cousin on the same side of the family, the fabric had to be really different. This is cotton from Spring Creative Group, which appears to be the generic brand for Hancock’s:
I behaved myself and made the actual dress this time; the version on the right with the giant bow.
I wish I had some kind of funny and/or mildly traumatizing story to tell you about this pattern, but I don’t. It’s a perfect lady: Everything fit together the way it was supposed to. It didn’t even need much alteration. I even added a small pocket in the right-side seam (there is a zipper in the left side) and it went in without any hiccups. My only trivial issue was the one I always have, which is that I swear tie ends are never long enough to look the way they do in the picture. Even if the waist (or the neck, in this case) fits, the ties are never long enough to tie properly on me. The Chicken Dress was terrible about this–the ties are just long enough to tie into a hard, back-bruising, little knot but not an attractive bow, even though the waist fits and doesn’t need them to hold its shape. Am I the only one who has this issue?
Anyway, I don’t have great pictures of it. Here I am cropped out from between my dad and one of my cousins. Ignore the wine glass.
It’s also a ridiculously comfortable dress, which is great because it’s really a day dress and not a dressy-dress, so not only can I wear it on a normal day, I’d actually like to wear it on a normal day.