Told you so.

So, it’s not really a stunt dress. But it’s a dress, and it’s new, and I made it yesterday.

It’s Burda 7949 which I bought years ago and almost immediately afterward thought, why did I do that? Turns out it seems to have got better with age and I quite like it now. Not sure about the weird standing collar, but the square-necked version is good, methinks. I added length to straps (asymmetrically, since one shoulder is higher than t’other), skirt and bodice and tacked on some green ric-rac around the edges.

The fabric reminds me of traditional German Dirndlstoffe what with the dark background and stripey bits, and the shape itself is a bit dirndly. Pity about that deep inverted pleat in the skirt front, but it’s an artefact of the pointy midriffy bit.

So, ready for next project now!



Ranch dressing

I had a bash at New Look 6981 upon Erin’s evangelism for same. The fabric was some bargain quilting cotton from Darn Cheap covered in – YEEE HA! – cowboys. Seemed to suit the pattern because the big, directional rope-bordered diamonds kinda eliminated tricksy seam options.

Came out orright. Should have shaped the waist yoke a bit better and might eventually re-do it.

Love the dude in the background who’s running away from this impending rodeo disaster.

What else, what else…. despite the stony silence around here, I have been making a thing or two. I made the cowl-necked top that goes with the pattern above which again, was orright, but I should have made a bit longer. (Why haven’t I learnt this yet?!) I made Simplicity 3833 for a friend but forgot to take a pic before sending it on its way. And I’ve been working on the Duchess of Windsor dress in a Japanese silk for a few weeks including hand-picking the narrow hems. Which explains the weeks.

I need more stunt dresses, I think. I’m heading in to the Ladies’ Lounge to see what I can muster.