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?

The Hundred Dresses: Day 80

Another day, another Heidi:

blue slash Heidi

This one was mentioned briefly back in 2010:

blue slash Heidi bodice

I think that this fabric fell into the category of “there isn’t possibly enough for a full-skirted dress but I love it so much I will buy it anyway,” and then voila! there was enough for a Heidi. It’s a nice crisp corded cotton with a gorgeous hand. In my opinion, there is not enough corded cotton in the world. Why doesn’t Liberty make corded cotton? I shall write a letter.

The side zip, pretty good:

blue slash Heidi side zip

And the back view.

blue slash Heidi back

I wore this one on Sunday with these sandals, which are, in my opinion, the coolest and most comfortable ones I’ve ever owned (they seem pricey now but they were on sale a while back):

kork-easeYvette

Amazingly comfortable and really good for those of us with wider feet — they can be adjusted at both the ankle and toe, so you don’t have that thing where your ankles are swimming and your toes are pinched, which is the worst. Highly recommended. I got the black; if there are any in my size left at the end of summer sale I may be tempted to get the brown or even the denim-y blue colorways …

The Hundred Dresses: Day 79

Another Heidi. I really love ticking-stripe fabric, and to find it in orange … well, I had to have it:

orange ticking Heidi

It turned out to be a very creamsicle-ish dress:

orange ticking Heidi bodice

The original post for this dress did not show the wonky side zip:

orange ticking Heidi side zip

I’m not sure what happened with that. Is it just me, or is it harder to find instructions on increasing the waist measurement than it is to find instructions for any other alteration? Is it just assumed to be easy, or does no one but me do it, or what? I find that whenever I have a weird side-seam problem, it’s usually because of some wonky alteration I’ve done. (While looking I did find this, though.)

orange ticking Heidi back

I don’t wear this dress all that often, I’m not sure why. I do love orange …

The Hundred Dresses: Day 78

This is without a doubt my favorite Heidi:

Scribble Heidi

This is one of the few dresses that I’ve reworked after learning more about the pattern — the first version is here. The original neckline was a bit too wide — luckily I had enough extra of this fabric, because the Heidi sews up with virtually nothing.

Scribble Heidi bodice

This dress is just so fun to wear. I like to wear it with bright chartreuse tights.

Side zip, eh. The Heidi side zips are open at the top (go right into the armhole) so it’s important to make sure that you cover the scratchy bits.

Scribble Heidi side

And the back:

Scribble Heidi back

I realized while getting the next batch of dresses ready for their closeups that whoa, I have made a LOT of Heidis. I don’t think all of them are going to make the Hundred Dresses cut! Maybe I should do a separate series of just Heidis? I’ll try to do at least a roundup. I don’t wear them as much as I used to because they’re not as well-suited for biking (they can be biked in, it’s just not as easy as in a fuller skirt).

The Hundred Dresses: Day 77

Today’s dress is another Simplicity 5232, in a Liberty print that I don’t know the name of. I don’t know why I don’t make this more often …

Liberty print Simplicity 5232

Oh wait, maybe I do … it’s a pretty labor-intensive dress.

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 bodice

Yellow buttons again. I really like yellow buttons.

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 buttons

Towards the end I realized that the buttonholes were going to need more reinforcement than the Liberty Tana lawn was capable of, so I quick-and-dirty basted some silk organza down the front facing:

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 organza reinforcement

This dress is five years old, and the bias tape I used to finish the collar was probably about fifty years old, going by the original packaging. So it’s showing its age a bit:

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 collar binding

I topstitched the collar, for pretty much no reason:

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 back collar

The funniest thing about this dress: I’m pretty sure I put in that back bodice piece upside down. I just eased it until it worked. Oh well!

Liberty print Simplicity 5232 back bodice

I don’t have a full-length back picture of this one, for some reason.