Thursday, April 26, 2007

New Vintage Wardrobe # 7: Mrs. Peacock's Minidress




This dress looks suspiciously like a long shirt. After 4 fittings and sets of alterations.. I am looking to tie one on..

Why else would Mrs. Peacock be in the dining room? With A rope?

Mc Calls 8865. A line mini dress .. Space Age Mandarin funnel collar..Amy Butler fabric. Belle : Royal Garden in Turquiose... and dark chambray.




Who Me? I'm Innocent, I tell you. Sure, I used fabrics that were far too light to honor the original design... But look: It's mod and Asian-ish and wearable. In fact, it just went to the market for plum sauce.




I've been framed! but dig this crazy collar! And my Grandma's brooch.. She wouldn't have worn this serious of an A line. My Grandma was more of a sheath (and dagger) girl.




What I love about this garment is the lines down the sides.. But the fit and the drape have had me searching for solutions. This was the first project where I wondered if I was committing a crime of fashion. There were plenty of moments when this just wasn't cute. At All.
But I knew the fabric was worth the effort so I slashed and hacked and.. Voila. Something suitable for dinner and a perhaps a little (foul) play.




It was a close call though. When you play the Vintage pattern game... you roll your dice and you take your chances.

29 comments:

rhiannon said...

oh the puns.
The dress is adorable. The line is really odd, but strangley appealing. you're going to be swamped in vintage dresses soon, might be time to start making them for others too! *hint hint* : P

Daphne said...

your sense of staging is really out of this world.

good job persevering and Making It Cute. You won!

Sonya said...

Are you wearing feathers in your hair? You, Madam Bethany, know how to have a good time and look fabulous doing so. Another gorgeous creation.

Allison said...

That dress is hot! My favourite one yet. I'm so keen to give the vintage patterns a go, but I'm afraid of all that tweaking. Plus I can't find any that are suitable for breast feeding!

Kelly said...

that's too swank for words...and your post is wonderful. Just so inspiring.

Sandy said...

Gorgeous dress and great pictures! I have to say, if I saw that dress on a hanger, I probably wouldn't like it, but it just looks so great on you.

Brandy said...

I just absolutely love your style! Fearless. I want to be like you when I grow up lol! I am way to conservative. Another cool creation! Love, love, love your blog.

capello said...

so cute!

and plum sauce is perfect for that dress.

Claire said...

fab.u.lous! I think when you come for HP, I might have a few patterns from my stash to give you. I have no prayer of ever being able to wear them (or sew them if we are being honest...)!

Green Kitchen said...

Does the front drop down when the flower pin isn't there? If so, than maybe this could be the perfect vintage nursing dress for Allison. ;)

Anonymous said...

Lindy sez:
Tears are streaming and I'm laughing OUT LOUD as I read this post! Good thing "Big Jim" isn't home -- I'd have to explain Miss Peacock in the dining room with the rope - not sure if he would get the "CLUE" -- Best post and outfit yet!

Angelina said...

Oh crap. That is so f-ing cute! Seriously wishing I hadn't just eaten a cookie. Could you please e-mail me once a day not to do things like that so that I can wear a cute dress like this one?

OK, when I get home I'm going to get on that ellyptical and work this cookie off the hips.

No one can keep up with you!

Wende said...

I adore this post from start to finish. So clever!!

And you may have had to futz with it, but it came out great! Love the color!!

sulu-design said...

Va va voom! So it may not have turned out as you expected it to, but that's one hot number - the staging and lighting certainly doesn't hurt.

Vanessa V said...

You are one of my favorite characters on the planet! You are intriguing and fun-loving and WOW, an amazing garment creator! Annd you take good pictures all of the time? You are.... extra special. xxo,V

kimberly sherrod said...

I thought it was Colonel Mustard with the revolver in the conservatory!
You are smokin hot in that number! I love the fabric and the side panels and the collar. Another fabulous outfit fine enough to take a trip on the Orient Express! Pour yourself some saki, you deserve it!

Dorie said...

gotta love a space age mandarin collar.

Amanda Button said...

fabulous!!!! Can you possibly GET any cooler? :D

futuregirl said...

You've created your own mini-dinner theater here. I, too, like the diagonal lines down the side of the dress. They are very flattering. And, as always, you're a fashion rock star.

Corvus said...

I think it's stunning. Bravo!

Maddie, of course! said...

Oh, I am totally gob-smacked!... That is SO the type of dress i can't wear but you are totally workin-it! In my next life I am coming back with a cute figure like yours!

plaidshoes said...

I love the dress/shirt. I also appreciate how well you "present" all the things you've made!

louise said...

oh mrs peacock what a fine a line that is! in fact i think this one is splendiferous!

shula said...

Lovely room.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh. My. God.

Brandy said...

Hey, we're beginning to miss you LOL!

Frizz said...

Clever girl. I just played Clue with my nephew!

Deanna (The domestic chicky) said...

OMG-I had to de-lurk to post on this one...you are outta-this-world fab-u-lous...

jenny said...

I REALLY wish I could come on over to your house and hang out...besides being very talented and having a fab sense of style, you're just fun(ny!)

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