Monday, May 6, 2013

Vintage Inspiration Dress DONE!

I had a super busy weekend, but I still managed to squeeze in some sewing. My scalloped trim arrived from eBay on Friday, so I got up early Saturday to finish my dress in time for the Kentucky Derby. I didn't end up using the floral appliques I bought on eBay. My friend Marylee let me pillage her stash and she had some that were WAY better! I sewed the scalloped trim on by machine, and the floral appliques by hand. I am thrilled with how it turned out. Just like the original!

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Marylee could only find 5 flowers but thought she had more of the same somewhere else, so I just put on 4 and saved room for if another one turns up. I bought buttons too and totally forgot to sew them on! Whoops. I went to a Kentucky Derby party on Saturday and I couldn't decide between these two dresses, so I took a poll on Instagram.

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Pink won!  It was SUPER bright out that day and I was squinty in every picture that was in the sun, so sorry for the dark shaded photo.  You all know what my face looks like.

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I did wear a hat, but I completely forgot about it when I was taking pictures. It was a vintage 60's fascinator with three huge white silk roses. I originally wore it for my bachelorette party because I felt silly in a veil. I was happy to give it another wear! The derby party was really fun. I missed the actual race due to having early dinner plans, but it was still really nice to get dressed up and have a mint julep and see everyone in their fancy hats and dresses. I love any excuse to dress up!

I have a wedding that falls during Me-Made May, so I am making a dress! It's going to be a very Betty Draper cupcakey dress. I'm using a Vintage Vogue pattern and this great fabric from an estate sale. It's lined and underlined, so it's slow-going. I did the muslin on Saturday morning and liked how it was turning out, so I cut into my good fabric yesterday. I've almost gotten the bodice assembled.

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I hope to have it done by the end of the week, because I have about a million other things I want to start on!

7 comments:

  1. The dress look great! Just like the other one! I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference until you mentioned that there weren't enough flowers. I'm excited to see the dress you make for the wedding!

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  2. Your finished dress is lovely, and the one you are currently sewing looks like it is going to be just as lovely too!

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  3. It's perfect!! This is so inspiring! It makes me want to go reproduce something lovely!

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  4. love it - really gorgeous! can't wait to see the new one too!

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  5. Oooo!! Love love love! Beautiful dress. And your next project looks like it will be lovely too!

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  6. The pink dress is beautiful! What an interesting project, to recreate a vintage piece. I look forward to the betty dress!

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  7. It's lovely and looks exactly like the vintage one. I love the fabric you're using for your next dress as well.

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