The Hundred Dresses: Day 3

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Day 3 of the Hundred Dresses blogathon:

yellow stripe 9929 front view 2

Obviously, another 9929. (You’ll be seeing a lot of these.)

Here’s the back:
yellow stripe 9929 back view

You can probably just see that the yellow stripe is not completely flush with the edge of the hem. (I decided that I did not care.)

The side zip on this was a nightmare. The zipper broke, I had to take it out and put it in again, and … well, it was just UNFUN. So that is my excuse for why it is badly placed and why the waist seam doesn’t match up:

yellow stripe 9929 terrible zip view


What I like most about this dress is how nice it looks with red:
Yellow stripe 9929 -- front w/belt

The lighter stripes aren’t white, but a very pale gray, so I really like the red with it, it feels sophisticated to me for some inexplicable reason.  I bought this fabric from but it’s sold out now; there’s an olive/ivory colorway still available that’s really nice.

The pocket lining is from this shirting that I’ve been using as pocket linings for YEARS. It was so pretty yet really wrong for any pattern I ever tried to set it up with. But so right for pocket linings, because it has this subtle texture that feels really nice when you have your hands in your pockets.

yellow stripe 9929 pocket lining view

And of course it’s not really visible in this photo, but there’s a tonal thing going on with the gray of the pocket lining and the gray of the stripe. Trust me, it’s there. I pay an inordinate amount of attention to these things.
I’ve been really into stripey fabrics lately. (I’m not sure if it’s the influence of living so close to Alcatraz now or what.) There are a lot of stripes in the fabric hoard right now, and I’ve been ogling some more. There’s this Japanese fabric that is so perfectly Japan-does-France that it hurts … Anyway, how about y’all? Are you pro- or anti-stripe? (And remember, the idea that horizontal stripes broaden anything other than the mind is pure hokum, says SCIENCE.)

17 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 3

  1. this dress looks like a sophisticated beach scene from the 50´s – especially with the red belt….
    on the shores of france of cause 🙂


  2. I’m pro striples that don’t make my eyes go funny. which this doesn’t.

    yellow and grey is entirely yum.

    I like it when you have time for photo eastereggs.


  3. I’m impressed you’ve made so many dresses with the dreaded SIDE ZIPPER! Worn with a cardigan, the dress’ wonky stripe matching on that side is not a problem. Cool pocket treatment!


  4. I’m not particularly anti-stripe but I’ve never made a striped dress for myself. My tastes run towards garish novelty prints, and I think stripes just aren’t obnoxious enough for me. Giant French Revolution lady heads is more my thing.


  5. I’m SO pro-stripe it’s ridiculous. They have their own shelf in the stash. Love playing with directions, offsetting, and just using them straight-up. And now I need *texture* in my pockets, whydidn’tIeverthinkofthat??


  6. That looks so nice and summery. I love the stripes but I don’t know if I would ever have the courage to wear bold horizontal stripes myself, even though I read somewhere that they DO NOT make you look wider, contrary to the myth.


  7. I love stripes, though I own few not-made-by-me garments with them. I think about them all the time when I imagine the next thing I’m going to knit.


  8. Love these wide stripes, and yellow and gray is so chic together.
    Looking forward to the daily posts and pics now too!


  9. Love stripes, especially when you can play around with their direction. Dare I ask, what happened with the neck on this one? (I guess I just dared.)


    • You can ask, but I’m not sure I know. 🙂 This fabric was just a little too heavy to let the bias binding lie right … I should have done something different but by the time I realized it I was in the “oh, let’s just get it done” phase of sewing it …


  10. Sweetie, this is a fabulous dress! Too bad about the zipper – stuff like that happens to all of us at one time or another. Throw a cardigan over it and it’ll be fine! Love the Hundred Dresses.


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