It has been shockingly long since I posted pictures of anything I have sewn on here. I checked and realized I haven’t posted anything since August! It is not because I haven’t been sewing anything, I have, but (believe it or not) I have actually mostly been sewing more “practical” things. Things like shirts and more “normal” skirts and things like that. And those I haven’t felt like posting.
But now a few days ago I finally finished a dress I have been working on for quite some time now. It’s a 50’s *inspired* dress (the “inspired” is very important here as I do not claim it is in any way an accurate verison of a dress from that time). I have long been thinking about maybe sometime doing a dress in that style, since I quite like the look the dresses had back then. But like with such a lot of things I just never got around to it. But a while ago I saw a music video which had a 50’s look about it, and there was a girl in it wearing a dress which I really liked. And that’s what got me going. I had the dress in the video as my inspiration, but unfortunately I have not been able to find a picture of it anywhere.
I did not really have a pattern follow. I began with a dress pattern that I had which was for a more basic dress, and then I just tried to do the alterations I thought would be neccessary. Had I known what headaches I would be having over this dress I probably never would have started it! I couldn’t get the back right, so I re-did that part, and it still didn’t look right. So I re-did it agian, and it still wasn’t right, so I did it again… Let me just say that by this stage I have serious doubts as to my ever actually wanting to wear this dress. All those problems have made me more than a little tired of it already! Oh well, we’ll see.
Anyway. Our good friend Gabi who is a photographer and who has helped me with lots of pictures before is here once again with her family. So yesterday we did a little photo-shoot of my new dress.
The fabric is a really beautiful quality, it’s 70% linen and 30% silk.
The young girl in the portrait behind me is my grandmother, whom I never had the chance to meet
Of course we had to do a washing-the-dishes-with-an-exagerated-cheerful-look photo. Mind you, I always do the dishes wearing high heels and pearls (*cough* or not…)!
Like I said, this dress has caused me such a lot of frustration that I don’t know if I’ll ever want to wear it. But maybe by the time the weather is warm enough to use I will have gotten over most of my frustration and will actually be able to put it on. Either way, I am very pleased with how the pictures turned out! Thanks to Gabi for taking them for me! 🙂