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! :)
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?ReplyDelete
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=1Delete
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!
Amazing! I can't cease wondering at your talent, every creation is a stunner! Wonderful, wonderful stuff.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
You are killing me here! It's all amazing, right down to your perfect hair.ReplyDelete
Just lovely! I really want to try some 30s blouse patterns too! They sure knew how to make an statement!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
These are simply perfect! Wow.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous and Gorgeous. xxReplyDelete
That dress is incredible!!! And your hair is so perfect!!ReplyDelete
Such incredible work!! That second blouse is breathtaking, and your fingerwaves are sheer perfection. I hope you win!!ReplyDelete
The dress is a stunner. I love the use of the stripe, it's a great look. Well done!ReplyDelete
The outfits... the hair.... PERFECTION!!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
for undergarments, I recommend a corselette like WKD's. It has a low back.ReplyDelete
Sorry this was a reply to Shannon, the first commenter.OOPS!ReplyDelete
Va va voom! LOVE seeing Eva Dress's new gown pattern made up! Your fabric choices are perfect!! So inspiring!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous- what talent you have!ReplyDelete
Lovely, who does your hair?ReplyDelete
I do! I see that there have been some suggestions that I do a tutorial, although the thought terrifies me!Delete
holy goodness . . . they are both perfection.ReplyDelete
Wow! I love that jacket so much I just purchased the pattern myself, have some perfect vintage wool to make it in as well.ReplyDelete
Both of these outfits are lovely, and you always style and photograph them so well!! XReplyDelete
Both are absolutely fabulous! You were made for that era. :)ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness!!! Both of your makes are incredibly stunning, I'm in complete awe!!!ReplyDelete
Just beautiful. Elegant as always.ReplyDelete
to reiterate everyone above, amazing! xReplyDelete
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:)ReplyDelete
And that cheery blouse is pretty cute too!
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!Delete
You are just so perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
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!!!!!!!
OMG! I love your hairdo.ReplyDelete
Wow, both looks are pure perfection!ReplyDelete
Your two outfits look fabulous! Great job :) and your hair is to die for perfect.ReplyDelete
Beautiful outfits!!!!! Your hair also looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Yes, bang up job on your contest entries this year, Abigail.ReplyDelete
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!
Amazing! You are such a talent!ReplyDelete
Wow! What would one have to do/pay to commision you to make a top for them....?ReplyDelete
Oooooh, his is sooo beautiful! Amazing.ReplyDelete
wow, amazing!! I just found your blog. I love what you are doing with the patterns. Amazing!!!ReplyDelete
How on earth did I miss this post! I am speechless, but luckily I can still write eh!ReplyDelete
Just amazing :)
Such beautiful dresses! I love your hair. How do you create a style like that?ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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?Delete