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« on: August 16, 2007 09:31:07 PM »

I made this a while back but I've only worn it once.  The pattern was very easy and I made it in 2 days (it was only the 2nd time I'd ever even followed a clothing pattern...yes, it was that easy).  I've since made another dress from this same pattern and have started on a third.  It's made out of some mildly itchy vintage fabric that belonged to my grandmother.  I like it but it needs something...fancier buttons maybe?   A belt? 



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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007 09:36:27 PM »

IT's really cute like it is but I like the idea of a belt. Pockets could be cute too. Good job!

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007 10:47:23 PM »

Cute dress! I agree, a belt would spice it up a bit. Or maybe a contrasting (darker or lighter) color sash?

What would be cute as well would be to wear a neckerchief or those silky neck scarves.  Wink But I just love the fabric you used!

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007 02:06:30 AM »

its so adorable!  how about a cute trim along the hems of the skirt & sleeves?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007 09:28:11 AM »

i vote for a belt too!
that is really cute!
great job!

« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007 09:29:37 AM »

yeah it does need some jazzing up but i have no new ideas! its a really nice dress! i agree with a belt or some trim around the sleeves!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2007 04:32:00 PM »

Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to go with a dark brown sash for a belt.  And I went to Joanns today to look at new buttons, but didn't get any because I couldn't remember what size I needed. Tongue

Anyhoo, I think I'm either going to do dark brown wooden buttons or dark brown leather buttons.  I definitely want to keep the overall look vintagey.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007 10:31:52 AM »

Being "vintage" myself, it would probably keep that vintage look with a several different things adding interest--stuff that would have been on any store-bought dress from the period.

One, a belt, any solid color (not self-fabric), any width you like, from narrow up to about three inches. Nobody wore a sash in the era this dress is inspired by. Sashes looked homemade, and we all pretended our clothes were from stores. Silly us, huh?

Two, buttons to match. I can't tell the weight of the fabric, but a wooden or leather button may match but feel too "heavy" for it unless it's pretty thick. More true to the period might be a floral or pearlized plastic button picking up the fabric's or belt's color.

Three, trim. This era was a little trim-crazy. Middy braid (which isn't really braided in appearance) or something like it, a double band around the lower part of the sleeves and again at the hem, will cement it firmly in vintage times and go on in no time.

I think it looks pretty terrific as-is, of course, but it'll look like your grandma had this dress she only wore once, that happens to fit you perfectly, with just a few additions!


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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007 10:28:33 PM »

Mimsy, I do believe I love you.  Your ideas are great!  Do you think brown ric-rac for trim would be overkill?  I have another dress I need help with...as soon as I get a pic I'll post it so you can give me some more good ideas. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2007 05:54:39 AM »

I think ric-rac would be adorable, although it always makes me vaguely dizzy trying to stitch a ramrod-straight line through the curves.

I'm so flattered you like the ideas--glad to be of service, and happy to offer any ideas that I can on the new one when it's ready for posting. No rush, of course. I've had 7 yards of monk-costume cloth wadded in the living room for days now, that's how fast I work. (I know, it's going to go fast--if I could just get started!)


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