Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Vintage #14: What I Was Doing New Year's Eve

McCalls 5411 50's wrap day dress


This is my new favorite dress in the whole world.
I made it with fabric I got for my birthday (Thanks Again, Valerie!)
It is one of my older patterns (early to mid fifties) and it needed no alterations ,which I love because then sewing is really pretty fast. I felt like this one just Flew Together.
It is comfy and effortless and the fabric is so pretty (Joel Dewberry...)

I have been sitting on this project for a little while because of handmade holidays and getting ready for the C is 4Craft shindig. Let's hear it for sewing for yourself ...

Whoooo Hoooo!!!!!!!!

I am excited to try more 50's patterns and do some more of my own pattern making.

Part of the reason for no alterations was the fact that this is a wrap dress. Stinkin' Cute. Looser for the "Bigger -Post Holiday-No Girdle in My Stocking -Thank You Very Much" Betty and we will just cinch it on up when I magically become "Bikini Ready- Body of A 20 Year Old" Betty.. (I request that the dubious keep their negativity to themselves.. I am trying to develop will power through positive thinking here, people.)

I love this dress so much I put a Bakelite button on it from my treasured and minuscule horde.

Now that is LOVE people.




(Photo credits are to Michelle... My usual photographer is far too preteen these days to (ugh) take pics of his MOM. eeeeeew.)

19 comments:

Fanny said...

It wraps?! As always, you rock Betty!!

claire said...

amazing as usual!!

elegantmusings said...

Such an adorable take on a cute pattern!! :D I've been lately contemplating using one of my 1940s patterns that I recently purchased with some modern fabric (I was thinking Amy Butler or Joel Dewberry...), and I just love how your's looks, so I think I'll have to go ahead with those plans!! hehe!

Kudos for a great, no-alterations project! :)

Tuesday said...

ohhhh, love it!!! I have a few vintage patterns in there I reallllly need to try. I love the color/pattern/style on you, it looks GREAT!

jungle dream pagoda said...

Bethany!!!!
This dress is adorable!!!!
...and the styling is wonderful!!

PamKittyMorning said...

Darling dress Darling YOU!

Jan said...

How cute is THAT!!?

OldRound said...

I'm scared of dresses that wrap around the backside!
Well done Brave Betty!

Amy Turn Sharp said...

that is freaking awesome!

Heidi Ann said...

You are too cute for words. I wish I had a figure like yours so I could look cute in vintage and/or vintage style fashions! I can see why you love your dress. It's fabulous, and it looks great on you.

kristin said...

yowzers!! but that is one fantastic dress!!

Catherine Slye said...

Impressive and adorable as always! ..oh, why can't I be you? :)

robiewankenobie said...

man ALIVE i wish i could get ahold of that there pattern. i wish to high heavens i a) had that pattern and b) had those mad mad sewing skillz. (i might possibly covet the button and fabric, too)

dorie said...

dress. is. awesome. You should wear it every day.

Angelina said...

I LOVE THIS!!!

Would you stop being so damn cute?

Totally worth the bakelite button!

Maddie, of course! said...

Oh my lord... how cute you look!!!... I must sew more.. I can make skirts... but when it gets to making room for the boobs.. there I get in a flux.. Other people I can fit..myself..well sigh

You look great!.. a very fitting place for such a grand button.

Madddie
www.domeesticanarchy.blogspot.com

sulu-design said...

What a beautiful, perfectly-you dress! And I know exactly what you mean about your use of the bakelite button being the true indicator of how much you love it yourself. Fabulous!

calamitykim said...

You are so Stinkin Cute and Sassy! I love the dress! and Charade is in my top 5 movies- ever! Hope you are having a happy new year!

nancy said...

oh! you look DIVINE! i love that dress, and also the way you've layered it over that long-sleeved shirt and boots-- i'm a huge fan of wearing a dress even when the weather doesn't want me to, and the long-sleeve shirt is the perfect solution.

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