Friday, December 30, 2016

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo leaves are not a traditional Christmas choice, but this dress turned out to be the perfect holiday frock.  I rather like the unexpected print in a traditional color scheme on this beautiful cotton sateen.

Since finishing the dress on December 12th, I have already worn it three times.  That is almost unheard of for me as I tend to go for a bit more variety in my outfit choices in any given month.  I guess you could say I am quite pleased with the way this project turned out!

The dress is also incredibly easy to wear!

I was not entirely sure that the bloused bodice was going to work for me, but with the help of a wide belt, I really like the look.

The bell shaped skirt is also becoming one of my favorite silhouettes. 

When I stitched up this petticoat a couple of years back, I had no idea how much wear I would get out of it.  It was made specifically for this dress, and at the time, really did not work with anything else in my closet.  Two years later, I have added two other dress designs to my wardrobe that work perfectly with this petticoat.   

And there is a good chance that there will be more 1960s style dresses in my future!  I think I  would even love a solid colored version of this design, provided I can find the right fabric.  What is it about solid colors that I find so off putting when it comes to textiles!?!

Dress & Belt:  Made by me, BurdaStyle 7179 & Vogue 8193
Petticoat:  Made by me, Vogue 4203
Shoes:  Royal Vintage “Marilyn
Necklace:  Mom’s
Ring: Grandfather's class ring

[Disclosure:  The fabric for this project was received in exchange for two yards of fabric from Organic Cotton Plus, but the opinions written here are my own.]


  1. Lovely dress pattern and fabric. I particularly note the extended cap sleeve look and then the attached 'lampshade styling' of the sleeve with a wide band at bottom. This dress just makes me happy seeing it on the wearer. Happy New Year and keep on blogging!

  2. Just lovely! I need that fabric.

  3. Red is your color, but you look fabulous in pink, purple and green too. I had forgotten about the petticoat but it is a useful undergarment for adding some volume to a skirt that would otherwise droop and not look its best.

  4. How stunning! Love the colour and pattern, psrticularly the sleeves. If you were to make this in a solid, it might look '50s appropriate eith a different colour collar. Thanks for posting your lovely work and sll the best for 2017. Abbey

  5. Ginkos, THAT dress, and YOU: a winning combination.

    Last week or so I was looking at your tutorial page for your petticoat tutorial (to gain an understanding of the logistics of construction - not making one, yet), and I couldn't find the petticoat under your "Tutorial" page (as an avid reader of Lilacs & Lace, I knew you had done such a tutorial). Will you be remedying this scenario?

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