Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry Bomb

We're in the home stretch of Sophisitque Noir's Red & Black week, and I have a final blast from the past for you (today's) and a new outfit (tomorrow).  I apologize for the quality of pictures for today and tomorrow: the batteries in the camera were dying and I had to take them as quickly as possible.

The pattern here is McCall's 5094 in view F; if that sounds familiar to you, it might be because I used the straps from this in the Space Invaders dress.



I believe that I made this last spring, and I wanted to make it out of just one fabric (view D, basically).  However, when I went shopping for fabric, nothing really struck my fancy.  (Must have been before JoAnn's releases their Halloween fabrics for the year. :D)  This cherry and dot print I finally picked was cute, but I thought an entire dress would have been overwhelming. I couldn't resist its cute rockabilly/gothabilly charm though, so I went with view F.


Though a dress entirely out of that print would have been too much, I thought just the band and straps weren't enough, hence the ruffles in the polka dots.  They came from Simplicity 2325, an Alice in Wonderland costume that I adapted into Daisy-Head Mayzie for a friend of mine.








As for the pattern itself, it wasn't too bad at all.  I would recommend this for an advanced beginner.  The technical challenges were:
  • inserting a zipper
  • a lining
  • a bit of gathering under the bust
  • a lot of gathering if you go my route and add ruffles
I wish I could have taken pictures of the full outfit, but the husband wasn't at home and my self-photography skills are quite lacking.  The pictures don't show how fun this dress really is.  I get a lot of flattering comments whenever I wear it, which I inevitably follow with "...and it's fun for twirling!" and then promptly spin around in a few circles.  And then I get some weird looks (which, to be honest, is not a rare occurrence for me).




And for good measure (not the original, sorry):


6 comments:

  1. I love this! Great idea to use the cherry print as an accent, and the polka dots are so cute!

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    1. Thank you. I love how well the three fabric coordinated.

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  2. You made a good call with the fabric choices. The cherries and the dots really complement each other nicely, and everything is visually balanced.

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    1. Thanks. I might try something similar to these fabrics later for a more rockabilly look.

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  3. Aieeee! So much love. I've seen that fabric at JoAnn's but haven't yet bought any. What a perfect use for it! If I discover that I don't suck at making corsets, I'll totally have to buy some and make a corset with it.

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    1. That would be so cute! Let me know how it turns out if you try it.

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