Thursday, March 15, 2012

EvaDress Contest!

Well, it came down to the wire again, but I managed to get my entries for the EvaDress contest in on time! I entered two garments this year:

The first was made from this beautiful evening dress pattern.


The bodice is made with a striped rayon fabric, which I love; I made a skirt with it a few years ago, and I still have about four yards waiting for the perfect pattern. I lined it with a sheer black material so as not to weigh it down. When I first saw the pattern piece for the bodice, I thought, "Hmm; where's the rest of it?!" It has a little less fabric on the top than I'm accustomed to, but it's so beautiful!


The skirt is also rayon, and cut on the bias, which allowed me to eliminate a zipper. Hooray! I think the back is the best part. I found this vintage buckle that matched perfectly.


I'm hoping to wear it to a wedding in August. I love this pattern, and I'd really like to make a shortened version for a summer daytime dress.

My second entry is this blouse. I found this beautiful herringbone wool on sale, and decided to use it to make up this pattern. Don't you love the sleeves?!


I had to grade it down to my size, which was a little challenging. It's hard to tell from the photos, but I made the herringbone pattern run vertically on the sleeves and lower bodice, and horizontally on the upper bodice and belt. It's much more noticeable in person. I made the skirt and gloves last summer and never got to share them; I'll show some more of them later.


I'm so glad that I got a chance to enter the contest this year; if you have a chance, you should visit the site and take a look at all of the other wonderful entries. Of course, I would never attempt to influence your vote (please vote for me) in any way! :)

44 comments:

  1. How wonderful! I may have to rethink my dress choice for the Deco Preservation Ball:) Can you give be an idea of the foundation garments required to support this dress?

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    1. Baroness Von Vintage made a good suggestion below, although I've never tried that brand. I wear a Rago shaper like this one: http://www.americanshapewear.com/cart/product.php?productid=16183&cat=255&page=1
      on a daily basis, and for this dress, I paired it with a halter bra. I did have to search around for one that was low enough in the front and in the back, though, and ended up with an off-brand one from TJ Maxx. I feel like one of those longline strapless and backless ones would work, but I couldn't find one that was inexpensive enough. I apologize for taking so long to respond, and I hope this helps!

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  2. Amazing! I can't cease wondering at your talent, every creation is a stunner! Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

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  3. Fan-tastic!!!! Great pattern, fabric, and colour choices! I really love that striped rayon...would be great for a day dress! Good luck with the competition!

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  4. You are killing me here! It's all amazing, right down to your perfect hair.

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  5. Just lovely! I really want to try some 30s blouse patterns too! They sure knew how to make an statement!

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  6. I am speechless. You look like you stepped of a film set! I'm expecting Gary Cooper to show up in your shots!! (I'm watching City Streets at the moment and you look like Sylvia Sidney) Utterly wonderful :) You need to do a hair tutorial!

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  7. These are simply perfect! Wow.

    xo,
    Em

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  8. That dress is incredible!!! And your hair is so perfect!!

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  9. Such incredible work!! That second blouse is breathtaking, and your fingerwaves are sheer perfection. I hope you win!!

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  10. The dress is a stunner. I love the use of the stripe, it's a great look. Well done!

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  11. The outfits... the hair.... PERFECTION!!

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  12. you did such a great job! both look so good ! i am so impressed . also we need a finger wave tutorial! the best i've seen!

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  13. for undergarments, I recommend a corselette like WKD's. It has a low back.

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  14. Sorry this was a reply to Shannon, the first commenter.OOPS!

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  15. Va va voom! LOVE seeing Eva Dress's new gown pattern made up! Your fabric choices are perfect!! So inspiring!

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  16. Gorgeous- what talent you have!

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    1. I do! I see that there have been some suggestions that I do a tutorial, although the thought terrifies me!

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  18. holy goodness . . . they are both perfection.

    brava!

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  19. Wow! I love that jacket so much I just purchased the pattern myself, have some perfect vintage wool to make it in as well.

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  20. Both of these outfits are lovely, and you always style and photograph them so well!! X

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  21. Both are absolutely fabulous! You were made for that era. :)

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  22. Oh my goodness!!! Both of your makes are incredibly stunning, I'm in complete awe!!!

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  23. Just beautiful. Elegant as always.

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  24. to reiterate everyone above, amazing! x

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  25. I have been lusting after that gown ever since it showed up on the Eva Dress website. Seeing it on you, I am seriously rethinking it - I cannot imagine anyone creating a more perfect version. You look STUNNING! The stripes, the belt, the back - there are no words!! Just don't let the August bride see it before the wedding or she will demand you sew one for her:)

    And that cheery blouse is pretty cute too!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Please do make up this dress; I'd love to see what you would create with this pattern, and I really do envy your sewing skills so much!

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  26. You are just so perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Both of your outfit are incrdible. You must look for a large 30's white hat to match this dress it will be so amazing!
    I definitively must learn how to sew.
    LOVE your hair!!!!!!!

    http://lostin1950.blogspot.fr/

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  27. Wow, both looks are pure perfection!

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  28. Your two outfits look fabulous! Great job :) and your hair is to die for perfect.

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  29. Beautiful outfits!!!!! Your hair also looks amazing!

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  30. Yes, bang up job on your contest entries this year, Abigail.

    Also, I am now inspired to make a frock not unlike the one in your top bar with the red/white stripe raglan sleeves. I HAVE to do that!

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  32. Wow! What would one have to do/pay to commision you to make a top for them....?

    bxx

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  33. Oooooh, his is sooo beautiful! Amazing.

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  34. wow, amazing!! I just found your blog. I love what you are doing with the patterns. Amazing!!!

    http://nabbysvintagelife.blogspot.com/

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  35. How on earth did I miss this post! I am speechless, but luckily I can still write eh!
    Just amazing :)

    Tupney xxx

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  36. Such beautiful dresses! I love your hair. How do you create a style like that?

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  37. My daughter is visiting and loves your work. Can you contact me and perhaps she could meet you? We met at Walmart one evening and my wife and I greatly enjoyed visiting with you. Thanks.

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    1. I apologize for taking so long to respond...I'm not what you would call a "regular" email checker! I remember you and your wife well and would love to meet your daughter; what did you have in mind?

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