This is a second dress inspired by this vintage early 60s (?) one with the button tab shoulders:
When I finished this dress back in early summer it was actually a UFO from the end of summer last year and who doesn’t love getting a UFO off their hands?
This is the pattern I used for the bodice, only I made it sleeveless and brought the neckline in a bit as I didn’t want it quite so wide. For the skirt I just cut 2 selvedge to selvedge panels and pleated it up into the waist.
This is probably my favourite of all the dresses I made this summer, I just love how it turned out.
This was the happy result of a vintage dress inspiration and the right fabric coming along at the right time.
Here is the original dress that happened along my Pinterest feed and set the ball rolling:
So now that summer is officially over, let me start catching up on posting my summer sewing! Ha.
As much as I hate to see summer leave, fall is just about my favourite season to sew for, the colours are just the best! Case in point:
Especially pertinent this year, amiright!?
Anyway, a few years ago I came up with a method to help with the end-of-winter-everything-is-grey/brown-and-gross blahs. As soon as March arrives I start wanting colours, pretty colours! Spring fashions start arriving in the stores at that time, but there’s no way you can wear them without contracting hypothermia because it’s likely still below zero temps and there’s still snow on the ground (and at least one more good winter storm on the way during March, even when it’s not a polar vortex year). The stuff in stores doesn’t matter to me much since I mostly don’t buy clothes anymore – it just makes me laugh to see spring and summer dresses in shop windows when there’s still lots of snow on the ground, lol.
Spring/summer patterns and fabrics start coming out at this time too. It does make sense since it usually takes more time (and often planning) for spring/summer sewing than buying clothes, but I want something spring-y to wear in March/April!
My solution? Sewing clothes for “Canadian” spring. Basically, this means making winter-weight clothes in spring colours! I kind of can’t believe that no clothing line/brand has hit on this idea for Canada and other “climates of extremes”.
I also try to include making pieces that are transitional, such as fully winter colour clothes that are neutral enough to be combined with spring-coloured pieces and clothes that may not be heavy enough for deep winter weather, but work for that period transitioning between cold and mild (ie April – most years, not so much this one).
I don’t have a huge Canadian Spring wardrobe yet as I find the necessary materials tricky to source. I like best to use woollens, and acquiring them in pretty spring colours doesn’t happen too often for me as I exist in a constant state of “I’m not really supposed to buy fabric” and only pick up pieces as I happen across them and feel I can’t live without them.
So, I’m adding to this segment of my wardrobe bit by bit each year and thought I’d show you the types of pieces I’ve got so far.
It really all started with these two skirts:
I will take almost any flimsy excuse to make myself a new, pretty (silk) dress. Most recently, Thanksgiving did the trick. I also decided I wanted to try out a vintage pattern in my stash that’s had me intrigued for some time: MacCalls 6473 from 1962.
I’ve been meaning to make myself an apron for some time now, but dresses and other clothes always seemed more
fun important. Two years ago my husband and I hosted my family for Christmas dinner for the first time and spent my day in the kitchen in a silk dress with no apron. I did the cooking and even made an apple pie from scratch and inexplicably, miraculously didn’t get anything on the dress. I’m still completely baffled by how I managed it. This year we hosted them for Thanksgiving. I was determined to make a silk ‘Thanksgiving’ dress (which will likely be the subject of my next post) but there was no way I was going to push my luck a second time! Thus, an apron became the next important thing to sew! I have a few vintage apron patterns and decided on Simplicity 4213:
The dress I’m talking about today is not a new make. I made it just over a year ago for the big bash my family threw for my Gramma’s 90th birthday (and she just turned 91 this past weekend – go Gramma!!).
This picture isn’t from the party (I don’t have any pictures from that – I really need to get some from my parents), but it is with my mom & Gramma (I actually call her grand-mamma all posh-like just for fun, she loves it) and I’m wearing the same dress – just with a little jacket I made this year to go with it. This photo is from Mother’s Day this year.