Of course, I finally got to wear the dress I made for New Year's Eve! My husband and I and three other couples went downtown for dinner at Sushi SambaRio, and then rang in the New Year at the Old Town Ale House.
I loved the coordination among us ladies (and guys!). We were all in sparkly black, gray, or champagne.
We went out on Thursday night, too, and I got the opportunity to wear a secret dress I didn't blog about. It's secret because I originally bought the fabric for my friend Ellie, but then I loved it so much I bought more and made a dress for myself out of it. I had to wait until I gave it to her before I could take it public. It's not actually vintage, although it looks like it is. It's from Jo-Ann's! It's 100% rayon, but it feels like knit silk and has the dreamiest drape. It was so easy to work with it almost sewed itself.
I used the same pattern as my 40's dress. Sadly, I did not get a picture of it on. I am terrible at capturing things on film. I'm too busy talking, probably.
I also finished the chain-print dress! After giving up on it twice, I decided that I had done way too much work to let it end up in the project graveyard. It was almost done - I needed to attach the skirt, and do the zipper and the hem. The skirt turned out beautifully. I really do love a full, gathered skirt. I did the zipper by hand, and I basically had to make the smallest zipper placket possible to make it fit me. It's a tight squeeze, but it closes! I hemmed both the dress and the lining by hand, which I am getting really good at. Each one took about 25 minutes.
I hated the original dress I made out of this fabric, but I am so in love with part deux. I'm actually excited to go to work tomorrow and wear it. I'm so glad I finished it, I definitely think it's going to be a staple in my wardrobe.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year! I don't currently have any projects in the works, but I have some ivory crepe and aqua blue silk on it's way from Fabric.com. I'm going to make another one of my 1940's patterns, and a 60's party dress. Good luck with all your projects!