Saturday, July 10, 2010

Voile 1950s dress in action and a new sundress

Words do not describe how grateful I am that I decided to make that vintage dress last month out of the Anna Maria Horner voile. The day of Dan's change of command ceremony was 104 F, so I decided to wear the lightest dress I possibly could. Even in this really light fabric, it was hot and sticky and rather uncomfortable outside in the midday sun and the heat, but we survived. Here we are in front of his new ship in Bayonne. I think the ship looks beautiful all decked out in the pennants for the ceremony.

the new captain

Next up, I made up Simplicity 3744 in a light red and white cotton-silk from Paron's, but the dress is too wide at the top so the armholes gape quite a bit. I think I can pinch it in at the sideseam, essentially taking in a dart from the armhole down to the waist, but that will take a bit of tweaking. In the meantime, here it is on a hanger.

Sundress

It has princess seams that run down the bodice into the skirt, and since the fabric is so light and thin the skirt was kind of bowing in at those seams no matter how much I pressed. When I stitched on the lace it seems to have sort of stabilized the seams, and the skirt doesn't bow in as much any more. So that was a quick hack to counter my choice of material! I think that really an A-line sundress like this needs a material with a bit of body, but it's been roasting hot here so I wanted something very light to wear.

7 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Both are so cute - so summery!

Elaray said...

A sailor in dress whites! How handsome. That's a lovely photo. You look very cool and comfortable in spite of the heat.

a little sewing on the side said...

wow, that is a stunning picture of you and Dan and the boat! And the dress made of AMH voile is icing on the cake.

Antoinette said...

That would make a great blog name: Fabric Hack! Awesome.

Cindy said...

I adore both dresses!!

Uta said...

You look great in your dress - and with your smashing captain on your arm!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Your fiance looks smashing in his uniform! And I so feel you on the cotton voile dresses...I have a few pieces in my collection that I've been touching trying to figure out what to make because it's been so d*mn hot here!