Thursday, January 4, 2024

A Very Mod Christmas

The Christmas holiday has now passed, but I did manage to finish my dress before 2023 ended, even if I didn't manage to take photos until New Year's Day.

But I would say that red velveteen bows are appropriately festive for New Years as well as Christmas . . .

I am rather pleased that with as many issues as I had through the construction process, this dress actually turned out quite well.

And perhaps the mistakes were meant to be, since the end result is better than the original design I sketched out in my head, if I am completely honest.

To top it all off, I was able to use velveteen remnants that would not have been useful for much else - which feels great.  I just love when it turns out that there is a reason for keeping all of those bits and bobs!

My original thought was to use the printed fabric for the whole dress with no contrast, and wear a pair of swanky red tights.  But then I made a major cutting error, the red velveteen presented itself as a solution, and finding a pair of red tights that were a good enough match to that particular red seemed difficult, if not impossible, on short notice.  So I went with nude fishnets.

But I may have to search for appropriate red or green tights for next year.

And yes, the dress is short sleeved.  But as long as I don't plan on spending a large amount of time outdoors, short sleeves can work in December here in Northern California.

Making this dress also reminded me of my velveteen jacket, so I could also add that to the ensemble if necessary.

Having made holiday themed garments for quite a few years means that I have a couple of weeks worth of Christmas dresses and blouses to wear as the holiday approaches.  Now that it is January, I have suddenly forgot how to dress myself without having a theme to fall back on.

I do have a few smaller cuts of fabric stashed away, and since these more fitted dresses don't take up yards and yards of fabric, I feel like I should make a few more 1960s themed garments while I am feeling so inclined.

And I do have a hankering to wear some fun colored tights, so I think it's time to pull out those fabrics and find suitable patterns.  Or I can work on my latest knitting pattern and have some tea while sitting on the couch.  This will probably depend on the weekend weather and how gloomy it is.  But at least the days are beginning to lengthen . . . because I am OVER getting home in the dark!

Dress:  Made by me, Vogue 1965
Earrings:  Gift
Headband:  Made by me
Shoes:  Miss L Fire "Dame"


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