Friday, December 20, 2013

Season's Greetings!

And very happy holidays to you all!

I hope everyone has had a great month (almost) since I last checked in. Though there has not been a lot of blogging in these parts lately, there has been some sewing and thrifting. For my latest sewing project, I whipped up a dress to wear to the rehearsal + dinner for my sister's upcoming wedding. The pattern is M5845, the bodice of which Neeno loves and which I used for a previous wedding guest dress. On this latest version, I used a Navy cotton sateen from my fabric stash and dark purple/blue rayon bemberg lining from JoAnns. 

I modified the shape of the back opening by changing from the sharp, square cut-out edges to more of a scoop. I also raised the center back by about an inch, to help cover my bra, since the opening is a rather low scoop. The only other real change I made to what the pattern prescribes is to sew the darts inside of the garment, rather then having them on display on the outside of the dress. It's a more classy look this way, if you ask me.

I do love the shape of this bodice, but decided to use a sleeveless NL6000 for my upcoming floral wedding guest dress, rather than repeat the scoop back style again. This will be the dress I wear to the actual ceremony and reception. I've had luck with this pattern before as well, and since there's just one long front piece to NL6000 and two back pieces, instead of separate bodice and skirt pieces, I think it will work better with the floral sateen I've picked out -- more uninterrupted floral pattern! This fabric has a painted kind of look, which has a vintage feel to me, and is a rather bold print for my wardrobe! Here's a peek. 

That's all for now on the sewing front, though my thrifted finds the past few weeks have also had a significant sewing theme. In fact, I don't think I've found a single fashion accessory and not more than one article of clothing in my travels, but lots of notions, some bias tape, and some fun fabric. I found a teal sweater type of knit that I'm considering using for a Hazel dress (Victory patterns, not Colette), and a thin soft cotton/poly blend floral fabric. I love the color combination of the two together!

A quick peek at the fabric before I run off to wrap presents and get into the holiday spirit!


  1. Your version is much nicer. Really like yhe back. Happy Christmas, off to watch white Christmas on tv.

  2. Oooh, I love this dress! It looks absolutely lovely! It's a gorgeous, classic dress. :)


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