Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cotton and Silk Afternoon Dress

Here is my latest finished project.  The description states that it is an “afternoon dress,” but I love it so much I think it deserves to be worn all day long!  Does anyone "dress for dinner" anymore?  

Thank you, again, Adey for the amazing pattern.  They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.  All of the extra special details make me realize that my love affair with vintage clothing is here to stay (but I bet you already knew that).

This project was originally part of a Sew Weekly challenge for VIP fabric.  Well, time got away from me, along with my motivation to finish the dress, and I missed the deadline by a mile.

While I was sewing this beautiful fabric, my mind kept flashing on the view I have as I drive home from work every day.  At sunset, the hills in Marin County turn this very color.  

The green floral jacquard pattern even mimics the green trees that spot the hills.

And guess what this week’s challenge is?  City Inspiration.  Well, now, that is just perfect!  How wonderful is it when everything comes together like that!?

I added a sleeve head made of cotton quilting batting to help keep the sleeves from looking droopy.  I generally use shoulder pads in my vintage dresses, but I think that the small rectangular strips work very well with this light weight fabric.

Looking at the photos, it looks like I need to add a snap to the end of that belt flap, but that’s an easy fix.

Overall, I have to say I am pleased that I saved this incredible fabric for this brilliant pattern!

Dress:  Made by me, Simplicity 3448
Shoes:  Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret
Earrings:  Gift


  1. This is a great dress, well done!

  2. I love it that you can have dresses for morning, afternoon and evening - beautiful dress that deserves to be worn whenever you like.

  3. Stunning. I really love the color too! Gorgeous on you!

  4. Just gorgeous. Congratulations on a beautiful dress.