I bought the fabric in the photo over a year ago when I went to Mary Jo’s Cloth Shop in Gastonia, NC with my sister-in-law. I’ve been saving it, waiting for just the right project. The fabric is a knit, with a loopy texture, and the reverse is a smooth knit in charcoal with a little stripe (look very carefully to see a snipet of the stripe). I’d originally thought I’d made a dress, but then thought I’d wear a jacket more… back and forth for over a year.
When my friend Mary Ann came up with a new batch of vintage patterns, I took a long look at the one above. It is absolutely not the type of thing I usually make, not being a caftan type of girl at all. But I loved how the short dress looked with the flaring sleeves and the insets. So, finally, I cut it out, and in a very short amount of time, had the finished article.
I made the sash, but liked it better with a belt. I actually wore it a few nights ago, when we went to see Elton John in Asheville.
For those of you who love such things, here are close-ups of the details:
Posted by Mary Van Note:
AMEN, Sister! I totally agree. I love the point you made about remembering exactly what you wore on certain occasions. That is totally what I try to think of when I try to remember a day in my past. For instance, I know the first date with my boyfriend I wore a red knit dress and I remember exactly how I felt as I was wearing it that day!
You did an amazing job on your dress. It looks awesome.. YOU look awesome!
Posted by KeLLy Ann:
I dress up every chance I get. And actually get stared at because I am dressed up. Sheez people, get some Self respect.
And that dress is just awesome. You have some mad sewing skills!
Posted by Debi:
I LOVE this outfit! the fabric suits the pattern perfectly! And I couldn’t agree more–I almost always dress up–I feel so much better when I do!
Posted by Rebecca Fishman:
Your dress is really cute! It looks great on you.
Posted by jana:
Posted by Vireya:
You look great in that dress! And Hooray for dressing up – I agree that casual has become a little too casual these days.
Posted by Lizzie:
I appreciate all the nice words! I can sew because I had the very best teacher – my grandmother.
I think it is really ironic that people who do take the time to look their best end up getting stared at. Well, Mae West said it best: “It’s better to be looked over than to be over-looked!”
Posted by Lizzie:
And it really is true that our clothes play a big part in our memories. When I was in the 6th grade, my class got to take a field trip to the Biltmore House. This was in the days when little girls had to wear dresses or skirts to school, but that was not good enough. We all dressed in our best. I wore my little green Jackie Kennedy-inspired suit with a green and white striped short sleeved sweater. We looked special, and we acted special!
People wearing pajamas in public always reminds me of when I was a kid. My parents would make us wear our pjs to the drive-in movie so they wouldn’t have to get us undressed when we were all falling asleep! Maybe the pajama wearers are out past their bedtime!
Posted by Ali:
This is a great outfit. It doesn’t really look like a caftan. I love the Russian Peasant feel of it. Great job!
Posted by Em:
Love all the details on the dress!
Posted by Gina Americana:
BTW, I’m sure you were one of the best-dressed at Elton’s gig that night!
Posted by Sarah:
What a fabulous job you’ve made of that dress! I agree with Ali, it has a Russian flavour to it.
And it is disappointing that so many people are so slack in their dress these days. But on the other hand, that makes it so much easier to stand out from the crowd! Let ’em stare!