The Hundred Dresses: Day 90

Another mystery dress, I’m afraid:

mystery floral dress

Seriously, I have no idea about this one. Don’t remember the pattern, don’t remember the fabric, don’t remember what occasion it was made for. Nada. If I drank I’d be worried that this was the product of some sewing blackout:

mystery dress bodice

Center front seam — but no facing or fastening to justify it! The mystery continues:

mystery dress front bodice seam

Placket zipper, so probably before 2008:

mystery dress side zip

Seams are way off:
mystery dress waist seam

And the whole back:

mystery dress back

I’m not even sure why I kept this, I’m not even that enamored of the fabric. The whole thing is a puzzlement.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 89

This is no longer a mystery dress pattern — it is Advance 6675 So that’s settled.
balloon Advance 6675


It has that nice deep shaping pleat in the front:

balloon Advance 6675 bodice

Which I didn’t quite match:

balloon Advance 6675 bodice tuck


Side zip, eh. At this point I almost feel that if you’ve seen one of my side zips, you’ve seen them all:

balloon Advance 6675 side zip


Pocket lining, very boring:

balloon Advance 6675 pocket


And the back:

balloon Advance 6675

This is definitely another of the dresses that maintains its place in my hoard solely because the fabric is wonderful. I love those little balloon-wielding Keystone Kops dudes …


The Hundred Dresses: Day 88

This is dress is 1) Butterick 2344, and 2) wrong:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back

It’s the same pattern as Day 66, and suffers from some of the same problems that were due to my inexperience, plus a few extra that can be attributed to me picking the wrong fabric, like this roly-poly facing here:

orange pique Butterick 2344 bodice

There’s not enough understitching in the WORLD to keep this heavy pique from rolling. I could have superglued it down and it still would have rolled.

orange pique Butterick 2344 facing

It’s ironic that the one thing I love about this dress is it’s fatal flaw — see how gorgeous this fabric is? It’s not its fault that I made it into the wrong thing:

orange pique Butterick 2344 fabric

Trying to put a regular zipper in was rage-inducing — this here is the point where I said “I’ll just wear a sweater over it“:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back zip

And here’s the whole back:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back

I’d like to say that I keep this dress around as an object lesson in not letting your fabric and pattern be star-crossed lovers, but really I keep it around because … I still like it. I think “oh maybe if I …” then I take it out and fondle it for a bit, and then I get distracted by a dress I can actually make/fix/wear and then back it goes into the suspended-animation storage tub. I should really cut up that huge heavy skirt and turn it into dresses for my nieces, who are now just at the age where little shift dresses (which would be GREAT in this fabric) are perfect.

Oh — in The-Hundred-Dresses-the-book news, did everyone see the perfect essay by John Waters on The Sack Dress in this month’s Bazaar? Unfortunately I can’t find it online, but it’s well worth grabbing the physical (US) magazine for.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 87

Another Vogue 9760 … you guys are starting to get the idea that I’m pretty much a binge sewist, right? I find a pattern and just make it over and over until I can’t make it any more.
paisley Vogue 9760

I actually bought this fabric in two colorways — this red/blue and a brown/maroon/green. I made a skirt from the brown colorway but I actually think I might have some of it left. Looking at this again I think “hmm, I should go dig that up …”

The facing here (I remember) is Kona quilting cotton:
paisley Vogue 9760 facing

Here’s a better look at matching the pattern at the center front seam:
paisley Vogue 9760 front seam and facing

And the bodice without the facing displayed (aka stealth mode). [Which now makes me want to write a book called “Steath Mode: The Secrets of Being Quietly Fashionable” and talk about all the luxury brands without visible labels, how to commission custom garments, etc. etc.]
paisley Vogue 9760 bodice

Brightly colored zips make me happy:

paisley Vogue 9760 side zip

And the back — this fabric is really lightweight (and soft, too, which you can’t really see in the pictures) so the back facing is very obvious:

paisley Vogue 9760 back

Also, in The Hundred Dresses-the-book news, thanks to Emily at Shell Chic’d for this nice review!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 86

Here’s another Vogue 9670, that I made back in 2009.

Libertyesque Vogue 9670

This fabric looks like Liberty, but I don’t think it is, since I bought it in Shanghai in 2006. (How old is that post? I’m talking about DIAL-UP INTERNET. That’s old, folks.)

Also, is there a place name more evocative of adventure than “Shanghai”? I suppose it’s possible to go to Shanghai and have a boring time, but I bet you have to work at it. I love Shanghai, both the name and the place. I mean, it’s even a verb! I’d go back to Shanghai like a shot if I had an excuse.

Libertyesque Vogue 9670 bodice

The facing here is bright pink, because, um, pink? My other choice was that buttercup yellow, and I couldn’t find a good-enough match.

Libertyesque Vogue 9670 bodice facing

The zip is pink, too. I keep thinking I’ll switch it out for one that doesn’t stand out so much, and then I never do.

Libertyesque Vogue 9670 side zip

The bias tape on the sleeve is that minty toothpaste blue, which doesn’t really go, but then again it’s not seen very often:

Libertyesque Vogue 9670 sleeve

And here’s the back:

Libertyesque Vogue 9670 back

This dress is a lot of fun to wear; it’s extremely comfortable and the fabric has got a great hand to it. This is also one of the few things I wear that has this much purple in it — I’m not a fan of purple, not really sure why. I understand it’s a color that grows on you when you’re older; I saw some research somewhere about how your eyes perceive different wavelengths or perceive the same wavelengths differently or something (could I be more vague? no, I could not) and it somehow explained the tendency of older women to wear more orangey lipsticks. Which I thought was probably complete and utter BS, but that factoid has stayed with me and here we are, no better off than we were before, but prepared for the possibility, however remote, of someday feeling more kindly towards purple.

(And for those of you who are asking WHERE ARE THE DUROS? They are a-comin’. Hold tight!)

The Hundred Dresses: Day 85

I had really, really high hopes for this Vogue 9670:

shirting stripe Vogue 9760

I love the stripes on this fabric — and I matched them (on the front at least) pretty well:
shirting stripe Vogue 9760 matching

I like the offset stripes of the neck facing:
shirting stripe Vogue 9760 bodice

The back stripes don’t match so much:
shirting stripe Vogue 9760 back

Unfortunately this dress is SUPERWRINKLY. I don’t usually care about wrinkles, but after three minutes in this dress you look like you’ve been hiding under the sink for three hours. It looked like this less than five minutes after ironing, only from the exertion of getting it on the dress form:
shirting stripe Vogue 9760 side zip

So I ended up not wearing it that often, and on one of the rare occasions when I did wear it, I also managed to rip it under the arm and I don’t think it’s easily fixable:

shirting stripe Vogue 9760 tear

More photos on the original post, when I was still full of hope for this one. Oh well, good thing there’s plenty of fabric in the world, huh?

The Hundred Dresses: Day 84

I have no idea what the name of this Liberty fabric is, but this pattern is Vogue 9670:

Liberty Vogue 9760

Here, you can check out the fabric (it’s Liberty TWILL, how I wish they still made this regularly) and incidentally the matching at the seams:

Liberty Vogue 9760 matching

I really like this neckline:
Liberty Vogue 9760 bodice

The split of the neck tends to flip open, so I made a virtue of necessity and gave it a bright facing:
Liberty Vogue 9760 bodice 2

I used the same bright orange for the pockets:
Liberty Vogue 9760 pockets

And the back:
Liberty Vogue 9760 back

I posted about this dress once before, back in 2009.

The Hundred Dresses: Day 83

This is Advance 9440, a peach of a dress if ever there were one:

countryside Advance 9440

I made this ages and ages ago. Seriously, it was so long ago that the return address on all my letters was “123 Main Street, Pangaea.”

I don’t think when I made this I really did it justice — the neck yoke is decidedly lopsided:

countryside Advance 9440 neckline

But I really, really love the fabric. It’s so … Lois Lenski, if that makes any sense.
countryside Advance 9440 print

The back view is … lacking:
countryside Advance 9440 back

I did not do a very good job on the back neck zipper, to put it mildly:

countryside Advance 9440 back zip

This is another dress I don’t wear very often but can’t seem to get rid of, mostly because I love the fabric so much. Why I think that at some point in the future I will magically find either the time or the ingenuity to change this dress into something else, I don’t know. Perhaps if I were the victim of a shrinking ray, and had to create an entirely new wardrobe of doll-sized clothes? (Because even if a shrinking ray made me Barbie-sized, it would not make me Barbie-proportioned …) Maybe when we have the Star Trek replicators and I can put a snippet of this fabric in one and intone “Dress, full skirt, hat” at it and have a new version in a snap? Both are more plausible than me sitting down and taking this one apart ….

The Hundred Dresses: Day 82

There’s something fishy about this Heidi:

Koi Heidi

Here’s the original post for this dress, from back in 2010.

Koi Heidi  bodice

I bought the fabric back in 2007. (I still haven’t sewn up the other fabric from that post.) I kind of wish I had more of it — I mean, wouldn’t you? I’d also like to have bright orange koi on a gray background, kind of like this graffiti art by Jeremy Novy.

Koi Heidi print

The neck binding is a bit roll-y:

Koi Heidi  neckline

The zipper is nice, though! The pocket lining is just plain off-white batiste.

Koi Heidi side

And the back:

Koi Heidi back

The Hundred Dresses: Day 81

ANOTHER orange-stripe Heidi; this one is matchier:

orange stripe Heidi

I really liked this fabric, it’s a heavy sateen:

orange stripe Heidi bodice

The zip turned out okay …

orange stripe Heidi side zip

Pink pockets!

orange stripe Heidi pockets

And the back (still matchy):

orange stripe Heidi back

I think after tomorrow we’ll take a break from Heidi for a few days. What do you think?