Blushing Bookworm Dress
Since fall is a comin’—albeit, slowly—it’s now time for me to start creating season appropriate attire.
So, remember this “Princess Leia” dress from last Tuesday? Let’s revisit it…
You may be asking, is a pastel (especially pastel pink) OK for fall?
Of course, particularly when paired with a neutral, like brown. For today’s dress, I created the skirt from my own design, and added the bodice from the vintage “Princess Leia” dress.
First, I removed the lining behind the lace, because it took away from the effect.
In order to make it possible to re-shape the bodice and create a new elastic casing, the elastic casing along the bottom of the bodice needed to be removed.
The bodice was too big. I measured, cut and sewed up the new bodice.
To complete the look of this dress, I wanted a flowing a-line shaped skirt. Using one of my patterns, I created a paneled skirt.
I attached the skirt to the bodice with a 1.25” seam allowance.
Next, I ironed the seam allowance up towards the bodice.
I then sewed another seam 1” above the skirt-bodice seam (attaching the skirt-bodice seam allowance to the bodice, and creating the elastic casing). I made sure to allow an entrance for the elastic on the side of the dress.
Once the elastic was through, I tightened it to the desired length, sewed the ends together and sewed up the hole.
I used one of my slight puff sleeve patterns that fit the armhole to cut out sleeves from the brown fabric.
I used what was left from the original, pink sleeves to create accent trim for the sleeves.
But…the sleeves looked much better, flowing freely like the skirt. So, I decided against the banded sleeves.
This dress has a Victorian feel on the top, due to the lace. Overall though, I’d say it has a definite 40s look. Perhaps part of the 40s vibe comes from the muted colors?
My husband took me to the textiles area of the L.A. Garment District this weekend, as part of my birthday present (Yee!).
Here are some of the goodies I found:
On the way home, we went to dinner at PF Changs (our favorite) in Burbank. I know this doesn’t relate to the post in the least, but I had to share what we saw while driving down a street in Burbank.
It was in front of the Cartoon Network building, along with the Ghostbusters car (harder to see, but it’s in front of the Delorean).