But of course I had nothing to wear them with... They are far too decorative to wear with patterns, and I don't have a lot of plains... So I put my thinking cap on and headed to Spotlight, and came back with this:
Some candy pink cotton, a zipper, and some gold lame bias tape
My idea was to make a bodice with a deep, rounded V, and attach a peter pan style collar. The bias will be piping around the edge of the collar, and around the waist. The skirt would be full-ish and pleated.
So I set about drafting up a pattern and cutting fabric:
The bodice is based on a blouse pattern that I've used a thousand times before, and that I know fits like a glove. I just changed the neckline and drew up the pieces for the collar based on the new neckline. Easy.
Piping around the collar was going to be the challenging bit, so I sewed the collar pieces together so I had two top collar pieces, and two under collar pieces. Then I carefully made up the lame piping (cause that stuff is shifty as hell!) and pinned it to the top collar piece so it was 5/8" from the edge:
Looks like way too far in doesn't it!
But its not honest!
Anyway, I pinned the under collar piece to the top collar piece, and stitched around where the piping was, then I clipped and trimmed the seam allowance and turned it through and ironed it.
And I forgot to take a photo...
But here they are attached to the bodice!
Isn't it pretty! And I was really happy with how neat the piping was!!
I also made some bias from the same fabric, and used it to finish the armholes:
And that was the bodice finished! And it was time to pleat the skirt... ugh. Sometimes I can't decide if gathering or pleating is worse.... anyway!
I've found a new DVD series for to recommend! It was recommended to me by Sara from Lillies & Remains, and its fabulous! Dancing on the Edge is a British TV drama about an all black jazz band in London in the early 1930s. Brilliantly written and acted, with great sets and costuming. A must see in my book for those of you that like this kind of thing.
Anyway, I got the skirt all pleated and sewn to the dress, and promptly forgot to take a photo of it on my headless helper.
Good thing I had an opportunity to wear it the other day!
And oh yeah! I had 10"+ cut off my hair! I know I mentioned it on Facebook, but I'm pretty sure I forgot to say anything on my blog. I love it - and I haven't regretted it once! And since these photos were taken, I've got a better handle on setting it, so it looks much better.
Gratuitous Shoe Photo!!!
Aren't they completely mental!!!
So yeah - this was a pretty quick sew all things considered! I pushed to get it finished so I could wear it to a friend's birthday party, but it rained that day, and there was noooooo way these shoes were going out in the rain.
So does anyone else have an Irregular Choice shoe addiction??? I have six or seven pairs, but they keep bringing out new ones that I want....