Friday, October 16, 2009

the 49th instruction:

Post editing note: here it is finished, and worn with protective long sleeved rayon tunic...

You remember me quipping that an easy pattern did not need 48 fully illustrated instructions: actually I'm going to add another - wear this garment with a full slip, and here's the illustration:

Yep, you are one gust of wind away from a Marilyn moment with this full skirt and unsecured cross over. This dress sure wouldn't pass any "modesty meter" tests. Anyway, privacy of my back yard and the internet, no-one's going to mind but I can tell you I'm going shopping before this baby goes public.

It's actually not finished: I've got to hand sew the hems on both sleeve and hem, but I thought I'd save that treat for America's Next Top Model tonight - then my evening has not been completely wasted on vacuous television.

This dress goes live at our Playcentre fundraiser movie night on Monday. With a week to go and only half the tickets sold it looked like our fundraiser was about to become a fundloser but a last minute shove from the organiser got everyone to sell off their tickets and we sold out.

I am of course, already thinking about my next sewing project, and I've got to a bit of a dead end. I bought this fabric in anticipation of making some pants for summer. It's cotton, but with some lurex in with the weft threads. I wrapped it round my arm and wore it round the house and within 5 minutes I had my answer: it's not comfortable enough to be worn at close quarters. Trousers are out. I toyed with the idea of lining them but then who wants to wear lined pants through a hot sticky summer?

Dress: Butterick 5030
Fabric: Vintage viscose (rayon) from Salvage


  1. Hey it looks cool- and your boots are very nice too I must say.

  2. Such a cute dress!! When I first saw the pic, I thought that you were wearing a petticoat!

    The dress looks perfect and comfy for everyday! And accessories like belts and boots are key!

  3. I like that dress! The belt is a perfect finishing touch too. I have worn a dress exactly once since the twins were born, but of course a wrap would work (since I pretty much only feed them at home anyway)

    I get very nervous with unsecured wrap dresses and skirts, so sometimes I put a dome somewhere between waist and hem as a bit of insurance. If I had legs like Marilyn maybe I wouldn't bother.

  4. Maryanna that is a very lovely dress on you. I do really love it with your boots. It's such a great style.

    It is very exciting you are coming down for Christmas. We are really looking forward to it.

  5. Your dress looks pretty, and comfortable.
    Re the uncomfortable lurex - have you tried lining garments with cotton batiste or voile? I tried this for summer garments last year and was very pleased with the temperature and comfort levels- and I live in Queensland.

  6. Oh Mary Nanna, I love that colour on you. Now I think you need to go and sew an entire wardrobe based on this colour (I'm only saying this because you are one of the very few peope who sew fast enough to whip up a wardrobe in a season!). The dress looks great. Oh, and forget the a little dangerously! I'm sure your husband will love it.

  7. Thanks for your comment - if I take more blurry photos I look like my daughter :), I am off to fuzzy up the camera.Before I do this, I have a confession to make. I just found this thread at Stitcher's Guild,,8717.msg146366.html#msg146366 so now I am feeling guilty for recommending cotton batiste - apparently no one else agrees with me. Sorry if I have mislead you, it does work for me.

  8. I love the dress with the boots and belt. This might be one of my favorites, but its so hard to decide...

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