For no real reason, here are two corduroy dresses:
This dress is a Simplicity 5232; here’s a better look at the bodice:
It’s Liberty, of course, but I don’t remember the name of the pattern. (I really have to get better about that … of course, my purchase predated Pinterest, which I now use as a fabric catalog.) Here’s the previous post about it.
I didn’t do the neck button/buttonhole; I knew I’d never button it up that high, since the fabric is so thick (choking … can’t breathe …):
Here’s the other corduroy dress, also Liberty (this print is called “Robin”), a Vogue 9929:
The side zip (and pocket, which you can’t see):
I made the pockets in this one in a fabric that is just too lightweight, and the contrast between the too fabrics is a bit too harsh, and has led to some stress fraying at the seam. I’ve had to fix it twice. Not great.
The bias trim on the neckline (my favorite part):
And the back:
I was going to add one more corduroy dress to this post, but it was so darn hot when I was pressing them for photos that I just couldn’t bear it. So here’s the link to it, just in case you’re curious.
This is my absolute favorite Vogue 9929:
It’s a Liberty print, one that I’m pretty sure is called Kalumba. It’s twill — I have made two other skirts with it (one in a brown/turquoise, and one in a pale blue), and I have some if it in pale blue silk that someday, when I’m feeling invincible, I will cut into. (It is the most beautiful fabric in the world.)
I love these colors together:
I like to wear this with a pale lavender cardigan and a bright orange belt, and I like that I was able to position the print just so on the bodice:
The side zip is just ‘eh’:
And the back:
I wish I’d bought all of this fabric that was ever made … I still look for more from time to time.
I thought today I would show you the opposite of yesterday’s Vogue 9929. Same pattern, completely different feel:
This is Liberty Tomary, and I bought it because it just seemed so autumn-y. Great for those days in California where the calendar says it is almost Halloween but the thermometer says “you won’t need that cardigan sweater.” I love this color combination of slate gray, pumpkin orange, and mashed-baby-food-peas green:
Here’s the side zip:
And the back:
I like to wear this with mustard-colored knee socks and brown boots; and carry a cardigan, just in case. I also have a goldenrod-colored gauze scarf that looks nice with this dress. Can you tell I’m already getting wistful for fall clothes, and me with a bin full of seersucker and madras left to sew for this summer still?
I keep finding Vogue 9929s. I can’t believe I made so many of them! I remember this one went together really quickly:
I think this is a quilting cotton, or something not far from it. I have no idea where I bought it, but here’s a closer look:
And the bodice:
And the side zip (B-):
I really wish I had the right color pink or green Keds to wear with this. I think I mostly default to yellow sandals … this is definitely a summer-Saturday dresses (in places with warmer summer Saturdays than here). It goes extremely well with ice cream …
If you’ve ever wondered what Vogue 9929 would look like in Tetris fabric, consider your curiosity satisfied:
After realizing that there was probably no way to salvage yesterday’s dress, I decided to try for Tetris Dress 2. This time I prewashed the fabric with dye fixative, and I think the results are MUCH better:
You’re still never going to get a deep deep black from digitally printed fabric, I think. But that lessens the contrast (SLIGHTLY) with my not-especially-invisible purple zipper:
I used hem facing tape to help weigh down the hem, which was necessary because the fabric’s a bit lightweight. (And a Tetris dress should have a solid hem, don’t you think?)
Here you can see it finished:
And … the back:
I would say that this is probably my last Tetris dress for a while, but who knows? I should also mention here that I do not make these dresses commercially, but if you do a quick Etsy search you should find several people who WILL sell you a Tetris dress of your very own!
(Disclosure … Spoonflower uses the Wordnik APIs — you can read more about it here — but no money changes hands and I was a customer of Spoonflower before they began using the Wordnik API.)
Another 9929! This is the first Vogue 9929 I ever made — here’s the post about it.
There are only a few things “wrong” with it, unusual for a first-draft dress. One that you can’t see is that the pockets are too low and too small. (I could conceivably fix this; practically the chances are nil.) The other is that I didn’t plan out the piecing of the bias binding for the neck correctly, and so there’s a big fat seam right in front, like so:
Somehow I didn’t manage to take a picture of the back of this dress, but the zipper isn’t too bad. A C.
I really love this fabric so much — huge scale florals make me happy, bright color + gray makes me happy, and this fabric in particular has a lovely silky hand that (you guessed it) makes me happy. I hope you’re wearing something that makes you happy today, too.
PS I took a ton of new pictures yesterday … shirtdresses are coming soon, including two NEW ones from this pattern.
And … another Vogue 9929. You’ve seen this one before, too, from when I was in Florida last year.
It’s Liberty Mim, probably one of my favorite Liberty prints. (I mentioned it in this blog post, too.)
I haven’t seen any for sale recently, but it turns up on Ebay/Etsy more often than you might think. It seems to be used a lot for children’s clothing (uh, I wonder why …) so those manufacturers sometimes have leftovers.
I had some of this in a darker colorway, too, and it turned into a Duro (whose picture I can’t find) and then a pen exploded on it and that was the end of that. The moral of this story is always use pencils instead.
Here’s the zip, not too bad, C:
Did you know there’s a free Craftsy video class on zippers? I’ve enrolled and will report back. Never too late to learn something new!
And here’s the back. Probably my favorite thing about this colorway of Mim is the blue/teal and the pink/orange juxtapositions, and then those big candy.jpgnk clouds … so much to be happy about.
Hey, did everyone see the nice piece in the Chronicle about The Hundred Dresses (the book)?
Today’s dress is also mentioned in the ur-9929 post. Here it is, semi-styled, with an actual accessory:
I really like the combo of that turquoise blue and red. Here’s a bodice view:
A back view:
And … the zipper, which is showing strain that I will blame on not having my dress form adjusted properly:
I would love to find more of this printed corded cotton … I have a sneaking suspicion it’s mostly used for upholstery, but it’s so nice to wear! Keeps its shape and stays cool at the same time … which is more than you can say for me, some days.
I think this dress is the first Vogue 9929 I posted about:
Here’s a less-blurry view of the fabric:
The zipper here is doing its best. I somehow mis-adjusted my dress form while wrestling all these dresses off and onto it, and didn’t notice for a couple of dresses’ worth of photos … things in your browser may be looser than they appear.
And the back:
This one gets worn with a white cardigan (when necessary — it’s a hot-weather dress, for sure) and those red Keds again. (I like the red Keds since they are one of the colors Keds makes in the wider width, which is more comfortable. Seriously, Keds, when are you going to call me? I have all SORTS of ideas for you, and I’ll work for shoes.) I’ve also tried this with a green cardigan, to match the green stripe, but that overall effect is much too “Christmas in July!” for me.
Happy Fourth of July/Independence Day, for those of you who celebrate it! I celebrate it, because today is also my wedding anniversary. (Happy 20th to my dear husband, hope you can put up with me for twenty more years …)
Here is a thematically-appropriate Vogue 9929:
This dress was a bit of a pain to put together, but it’s been really fun to wear. (I like to match it with a pale-blue cardigan and red Keds.)
This zipper is pretty decent, maybe a B- (you may have figured out by now that I’m a harsh grader when it comes to zippers. But I really really prefer invisible zippers, so, goshdarnit, I’m gonna keep working until I get them all perfect. Or at least to B+ level.)
Here’s another bodice view — I wavered back and forth between thinking I wanted to center the bodice between rows of dots or on a single row of dots, and eventually went for between. I think maybe I should have gone single-row.
And the back:
I posted about this dress last year, too. Happy Fourth!