Hi there friends!
So sorry for the my absence here. I’ve been sewing so much, but not blogging much about it. That’s something that I need to work on. In the meantime, you can check out what I’m making on Instagram, as I often post WIP pics in my stories and glimpses on my regular feed. I know there are several things (like this dress!) that I’ve shared on IG and have yet to elaborate on on my blog.
Anyway…. this is one of my favorite dresses of the year and I’ve been wearing it quite often since I made it May. It’s another Decades of Style 1940’s Dorothy Lara Dress, which is a TNT pattern of mine. I’ve lost count on how many I’ve made and I even have another one hanging here in my sewing room that I need to sew a zip in and hem (I’m thinking I should do that TODAY!). The Dorothy Lara dress is a peasant style dress with raglan sleeves and faux smocking. It’s a pretty quick dress for me to sew. The faux smocking (gathers), take a bit of time to sew, but once you’ve sewn it, the next one is a breeze.
The fabric is a Milly silk/cotton voile that I bought a few years ago at Metro Textiles in New York. I didn’t have quite enough yardage to make this dress, so after some brainstorming with Janet at DoS, I decided to pair this fabric with a red cotton lawn remnant from my stash. This combo knocked this dress out of the park as contrasting fabrics often do. It’s also something that I rarely think about except when I’m confronted with a lack of fabric.
The red contrast really brings out the vibrant colors in this dress and I’m so happy that I added it. The red neck binding and waistband are just the pattern’s pieces, but the bottom hem band is added on. It’s just a rectangular piece of fabric folded and sewn to the bottom of the skirt, which meant that I didn’t really have to hem it.
I elected not to line this dress, which means that I definitely need to wear a slip with it as the fabric is sheer. As it’s a silk blend, this dress can also be very hot to wear, but a slip helps with that. I first wore this dress in New Orleans this summer and where the fabric touched my upper back, I was sweating. I was definitely reminded that silk is not a hot weather fabric.
I also have to take a minute to note my newest wicker purse that I picked up in New Orleans. It’s my most FAVORITE purse. I’m not looking forward to cold weather and cold weather clothes when I “have” to put it away. 🙁
When I wore this dress in New Orleans, I had so many people stop me to tell me how much they liked it. Perfect strangers just stopping me to tell me how pretty it was. It sure is a juxtaposition compared to here in California where I rarely get any comments on this dress…. Not that I make dresses to yield comments. Just sharing the differences.
And this it how I wore it New Orleans. Standing here in Lafayette Cemetery. 🙂 Oh, New Orleans. I wish I was back there now!
P.S. Decades of Style has 20% off their patterns right now, including this dress pattern.