Today is a twofer; here’s dress 1:
This is McCall’s 8484, which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.
I do really like the collar:
The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:
I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:
This is one of my favorite Liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in 2007, I bought some more and made this:
I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:
The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:
Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:
And the side zip:
Man, I wish I had more of this fabric …
6 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 92”
Wow. Just wow. I paused in my syllabus construction of the neuro portion of my comparative vertebrate anatomy course to see if you had posted today’s dress: thought I had lost my mind there for a second when I scrolled over the images. Love, love the fabric and both patterns work well.
I have been dreading the coming of Day 100, but following your series has inspired me: I cut out half a dozen dresses this weekend, the most productive I have *ever* been. Laying out is my hurdle, and reading that you do it in about an hour roused me from inertia. And now I can just sew.
I am feeling inspired, too! I want to make skirts, which are easy and I love wearing, and maybe venturing to sew dresses. I have a very casual job – just wearing a cotton skirt (even with sneakers) is dressing up. I like the idea of dresses that can be worn on a bicycle, or that don’t get in the way when I play my guitar (classical, so you can’t sit all “lady-like”).
A question about the Liberty fabric – does it wrinkle a lot? I don’t mind ironing while sewing, but hate ironing laundry. Most of my clothes look good enough when I take them out of the washer, give them a good shake, and hang to dry. If Tana Lawn does well with that method, I won’t have an excuse not to order some!
I don’t mind ironing, so I iron Tana Lawn dresses, but I’ve also packed them on trips where the hotels haven’t had irons, and not felt too wrinkly. So I hope that helps?
Thanks – that does help! I could also change my mind about ironing something in a fabric I love (ooh, more time to admire it up close!).
so if the pocket lining might show through, what happens when you load up the pockets?
Great dresses, beautiful fabric, in both color. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful dresses.