Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Domestic Bliss


Doesn't everyone garden like this?


Dressed to the nines like a 1950's housewife!  Okay, I confess, this dress was never intended to be worn for gardening.  You, don't say, I hear you all chorus!  This is going to be the Christmas dress.  It was chosen and designed by Courteney and executed by me.   By executed I mean, she told me what she wanted and I had to make it happen.  My brief was, I kid you not, the dress of a newsreader on a tv show one particularly early Saturday morning.  I had to absorb every detail of this newsreaders dress after being dragged bleary eyed from my slumber.

We chose the fabric from Fabric Vision.  The lace was conveniently on the $8 sale table, the burgungy was on the $3 sale table and the satin lining was on the remnant table. 

I started with Sewaholic Alma in size 2.  The top is made of lace and underlined with satin lining. 
I was going to use Sewaholic Cambie skirt for the lower half but my burgundy fabric was a little too heavy for such a full skirt so in the end, I made it to my own measurements.  Fortunately the Alma is supposed to have a side invisible zip closure so this was pretty easy to translate into a dress.


The dress had to have a keyhole opening which initially I avoided but upon completion it was obvious that the size 2 was not going to easily fit over my daughters head so the keyhole was cut grudgingly in my newly completed project out of necessity. I made some bias tape out of the left overs from the skirt and this was used to finish both the keyhole and the arm holes.  The keyhole closes with a hook and eye.

Courteney is pretty happy with the results and it fits like a glove.  She wants to wear it, not with the pretty sandals, but a canvas pair of Vans....go figure!

 



8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful dress, and yes, the Vans will just set it off nicely (says she of two teenage children who just 'must have' Vans to wear)!

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    1. Thank You. The funny thing is...my Mum bought me a similar pair of sneakers as a teenager and I hated them and refused to wear them let alone with a dress!

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  2. She looks so happy with it...go mama!

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    1. Thank You. Me thinks the silly season may be going to our heads!

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  3. Oh that is so cute! Great job, both of you.

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    1. Thank you! There are some lovely dresses out there for young girls this season.

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  4. so cute! just the right amount of visual interest while still being simple and classic!

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