12.24.2009

Christmas eve.


Every Christmas eve my family meets at a local restaurant built over the Columbia River for breakfast, and then gathers later to open gifts. Last year it was snowing like crazy during Christmas, and while there was no sign of a snowstorm it was pretty cold! And very foggy, which made it seem as though we were floating in the clouds.
Over the summer my boss gave me a 40s dress she picked up at an antique store that was hopeless structurally, but the silk was very much desirable. So I made this dress from the same pattern of this one and this one in the fall re-using the fabric from the dress. Every time I make the dress I am able to variate it a bit, it's such a fantastic, simple pattern. For this one I added a giant floppy silk chiffon bow at the bust, trim at the bodice seam, and puffy little sleeves. Making this dress was sort of a test of patience and skill, I took some techniques I've been reading about in 20s and 30s sewing manuals and used them. So the dress has french seams and bias trim among other little things, just like a real 30s frock.

16 comments:

Sirens Sexy said...

I LOVE this dress! Great job :)

katrina said...

before reading your post, i had assumed you purchased this dress. you did a beautiful job.

happy holidays, solanah!

COCAMIA said...

Great Dress!!! Happy Holidays!

Kitten said...

The dress looks absolutely loverly, hope you are having a fantastic christmas!

Amanda said...

Beautiful dress! Merry Christmas!

art*deco*dame said...

cute dress

Django et Coco said...

Merry Christmas!

You look amazing in your lovely dress!

-Coco from Our Paper Moon

Nina said...

Merry Christmas! What a wonderful dress! That is such a great dress pattern...all those dresses you've made are so beautiful. You look stunning, doll.

Andi B. Goode said...

That dress is just gorgeous. Happy holidays!
-Andi x

Rose said...

Such a pretty dress, and I love the white christmas tree.

Rose

Twila Jean said...

HAHA, that is where we had xmas dinner last year :) too funny. Love the view.

Sonya said...

What a beautiful dress. You did a fabulous job. And the white Christmas tree simply takes my breath away.

~Jolene'sMemoryKeeping said...

Happy Holidays!

Aliliisa said...

you look stunning in that dress!

Lorena said...

Love the pattern on the dress and your Christmas tree!!

cindi said...

Amazing job. You look stunning.