Sunday, October 11, 2009

Outfit of the Week

This week's Outfit of the Week was perfect for the fund-raising Sock Hop held last night at our parish hall. I wish I could find more dresses with skirts with this cut these days. I really need to focus on learning to sew. I've decided to put aside the dress I started for myself and work on Sadie sized dresses! If I make major mistakes at least it won't cost me 6 yards of material.


  1. Ooooh, that's so pretty. I love the retro look.

  2. Me too! I would wear dress like this all the time if I could. I found a cute little etsy shop the other day called Audrey and Grace (I'll have to dig up the link and put it on here) and the owner makes the most beautiful retro dresses. They're all couture, made to the orderers measurements, so they're very pricey. I told my husband if, by some miracle, we ever became well off one of those dresses would be my splurge purchase!

  3. That is a very beautiful dress. I have a brown dress with a white sash that is similar, but I have to wear a sweater on top or a blouse underneath in order to keep myself modest.

    I am also trying to learn to sew by making dresses for my baby girl. I make them several sizes larger than she actually is, knowing that it might be a while before I finish the project. I took a class which really helped me to have the confidence to sew. I would start off with a really simple design, with only buttons and no zippers. Jumpers are relatively easy and great for the cold weather. If you want to see the dresses I made, check out my blog. I definitely do not recommend starting off with the pattern I used. I fell in love with it, but it was not a good one to start off with. However, once you master a pattern you can make many more dresses with it.

  4. It sounds like a good plan to me ;-))
    I find these cuts very flattering. Just wearing a dress makes me feel more feminine and powerful in a way. People treat me differently when I wear a dress, with more respect perhaps. I think it's because so many women wear jeans on a daily basis and thus seem like teenagers. (whenever I wear jeans I feel quite young too, and not in a good way). I feel that wearing a dress is a sign of being adult these days. Strange, no?

  5. Hi Maria-
    I would love to see your blog, but when I clicked on your name it wouldn't come up on my computer. Could you send me the link or post it here?

    This dress is the same way! I have to wear a sweater with it because it's just a halter top. It was actually sold as a halloween costume, which I was a little nervous about, but I've worn it to Mass and no one could tell!

  6. Hi Natasa-

    I've definitely noticed that people treat me differently when I wear dresses. Most men tend to be much more respectful! I've gotten a variety of responses from women, with women who are much older than I am (70+) complimenting me, while women my parents' age and my age vary between thinking it's nice and thinking it's just strange. I keep wondering when I'm going to stop getting the "why are you all dressed up" questions when I arrive at Mass!

  7. Cam,
    Here are the links for my dresses that I made from the same pattern - and .

    I don't think the pattern is available in catalogs anymore, although you might be able to order it online. With this pattern, I learned how to do interfacing and piping, both wonderful ways to make a dress sturdy and beautiful at the same time. Interfacing is actually quite easy to use, although it sounds hard. The green fabric was from the St. Jude's collection, which I bought at the time because my brother-in-law had cancer (he survived) and Hancock Fabrics donates a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude's. I just love the ruffles in the back of the dress. I am a sucker for cute, girly dresses, especially the old-fashioned kind.


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