Hi there, friends!
All the gingham. All the time. And all the ESP dresses. 🙂
Yes, it’s another ESP dress and another gingham dress. But I don’t have a pink gingham one and I’m currently swooning over these large checked ginghams. I really cannot get enough.
As I’ve stated in a previous post, I’m really happy that gingham is stylish and “in” now as I can find it in a plethora of colors. I purchased this pink gingham from Harts Fabric. I don’t think I see the exact one on the site that I used, but here are some similar ones. Harts has updated their site since I bought this and I can no longer see my order history. This fabric is a really nice quality gingham that’s more like a shirting weight than a quilting cotton.
I made this dress in a day and never even put it on my dress form, so the only pics I have of the inside or details are flat. I lined the skirt with cotton batiste and used the facings for the bodice. I understitched and pinked the facings. I only planned on pattern matching the gingham on the back and side seams, but ended up vaguely attempting it on the raglan sleeves. When I sew the ESP dress, I usually cut the sleeves on the bias, but I didn’t have enough fabric to do so with this dress, and after sewing one sleeve on and finding that I accidentally matched up some of them, I worked on the other side. It does look a bit better than the left side on the pic below. It appears that I don’t have the dress laying completely flat in the photo.
I did my usual alterations to this dress — grading up, a swayback adjustment (although there still seems to be some back wrinkles…), adding some length to the skirt and using an invisible zip. In addition, I also cut a fuller skirt (this fabric is 50″ or more in width) and lowered the neckline.
I didn’t take a pic of the hem, but I had some 1/4″ vintage horsehair braid and I sewed it into my skirt hem. It’s sewn into the fold of the hem, so it’s completely hidden and adds a little bit of fullness to the 1960’s style dress.
This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve made. I just love wearing it. The only thing I’m planning to do with it is to add some thread belt loops to keep my belt at the waistline.
These photos were taken during my husband’s and I’s stay at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo for our wedding anniversary trip. These photos in particular are up by the pool. Oh, how I loved swimming in that heated infinity pool! Anyway, I don’t know why I’m not smiling in these…. My husband took them and he hates taking these photos, so I imagine there’s that….. The next blog post will have photos where I don’t look unhappy (and he took those)!
- Dress: Decades Everyday ESP Dress in pink cotton gingham, made by me
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Saltwater Sandals
- Earrings: Erstwilder
- Sunglasses: Tory Burch