Sunday, August 26, 2012

Styling The Dress

Ok, so this is how I wore it on Friday.  Turned out there were no cameras clicking so my efforts in styling my hair were wasted!  Today however is a GLORIOUS taste of the spring which is now mere days away, so I dressed up and headed outside with the tripod and self timer.  I feel like such a dick taking photos of myself.

Anyway, I wore The Dress with a Silkbody top which is the most wonderful thing to wear next to your skin! (Thanks J) And in total contrast to that, cheap leggings from the Warehouse.  I decided on Friday to wear leggings rather than tights, and only had time to go to the Warehouse, where I figured I'd find some.  My visit there reminded me why I AM SO GLAD I SEW!  Millions of pairs of black leggings in every style imaginable, and only one style of grey, in short or long.  I wanted lighter grey marle than this, but this was all I could get.  Had I thought about it earlier I could have made a pair exactly as I wanted.  I hate shopping for clothes.

Front (click to enlarge)

Back.  Please excuse the messy garden where my apple tree used to be.

The denim jacket I wore with it, to make it a little less OTT.

These shoes are not ideal, but were the best I could do with a still-swollen ankle/foot from three weeks ago when I learned that sitting in one position for an hour watching Science Fair prize giving (Yay Georgia!) will make your foot go to sleep, and when you stand up it will flop sideways and if you then put your full weight on a rolled-in ankle you will not be able to walk properly for a few days and it will still hurt a bit and look EVEN MORE cankle-ish three weeks later.

After now having worn this dress I am even more in love with it than I was when I finished it.  It is also the most comfortable thing to wear, which is pretty unusual in a dressy dress.  I need more, for everyday wear...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


No I don't have an Alabama Chanin obsession.

Why do you ask?

ps, I didn't mean to fish for compliments on my prettiness in my last post!  We have a family occasion coming up on Friday, to which I will wear my dress.  Since that will involve styling of some description, and cameras are always present, I should get a shot of me in it then.

Friday, August 17, 2012


And I have very little further to add.



Bodice a little closer

Clicking the pics will bring them up a little bigger.

When I am feeling pretty enough to match my dress, I will model it ;-)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Nearly a dress.

I couldn't resist checking out how my dress is going to look, now that all six panels are completely finished.  Here it is pinned together on my dummy.  If you click the pictures for a larger view they should be a bit clearer!

I love love love it!  I love the weight and drape, the way the surface feels when I run my hands over it, the way it looks - everything!  I can't wait to wear it.  Even though it's a pretty dressy sort of dress I will wear it any chance I get.  Coffee in town with friends is good enough.  Possibly so is a trip to the supermarket to get toilet paper.  Anything involving the twins and their sticky fingers is NOT!

And just for Keely, here's a progress shot of the coat I am making for her.  Being a frantically busy post grad student she does not have time to make a wool coat. I really like working with lovely wool, so I said I'd make it for her.  In exchange she keeps me supplied with peanut butter based chocolate confectionery.  Good system!

This is the pocket opening, which is set into a side seam.  I am pick stitching the opening to hold everything flat, and add a subtle detail.  The chalk line and wonky looking pins are marking where each stitch goes (where each pin goes into the fabric is actually even, but boy they look wild in this shot!).  After the chalk is brushed away it looks really nice.

Keely, your lining is still evil.  Just so you know.