It's a pretty simple shape, but it does have the princess seams and darts on the front, and darts on the back as well. Also, one thing I've learned about sewing is that patterns can be quite dull until someone sees them with creative eyes. The pattern is just a starting point. It's up to the seamstress to make it wonderful. That's why I love the new feature of the Sew Weekly called "Make This Look". The talented Mena takes lovely ready-to-wear dresses suggested by readers and finds patterns and fabrics that would allow you to recreate the look. The reverse process - where through your own inspiration you combine patterns and fabrics into something beautiful and unique - is the sort of sewing creativity I want to develop. Right now I need a lot of help on the inspiration end though. So, I have the 1960s style dress pattern, and I have the linen fabric, but how to make it my own? Here is where I went to get inspired:
|New School Vintage Dress - So Zo|
Zoe of 'So, Zo' made this dress last year, which was still lingering in my memory. I love the wide lace on the hem and cuffs. I also found some inspiration browsing Etsy, of course.
|Lemon Yellow Shift Dress - danadaisys|
I like both these trims, but not for this project. My mom said the white is too much of a contrast, and I agree. The floral one is too sparkly, and while I don't mind mixing different colors, these just didn't quite do it for me. What to do, what to do. I can't count on Joann's or Hobby Lobby to have any good options. Etsy has a million options, but I can't make up my mind and I shouldn't be spending precious dollars on this when rent day is fast approaching. And then it hit me.
Hubby got me a tie dye kit for my last birthday, which I really wanted but still had never put it to use. Take a little lemon yellow plus a little fuschia, mix 'em in a bowl with the stark white ribbon, and voila! Lovely trim in the perfect shade for my dress. I feel so resourceful! Maybe I'll dye a few t-shirts while I'm at it...