Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Vogue 7283 ( 60's OOP A-line dress)

This is the vintage vogue pattern I have been working on. Bet some of you thought I had given up eh? Not me, not that easily. I think I got all the fitting issues resolved but I hate it.

Fit? Love it. Fitted without being too fitted.
Length? Love it.
Princess seaming? Love it.
Shoulder/sleeve dart? Turned out really well.
Wool crepe? Love working with it.

Color? HATE IT. HATE IT. HATE IT.

I think this one is a wadder. I'm not going to do anything with it yet but what do you ya'll think? I added different belts to see if that helped with the blah factor. I put on colored tights so my whole body was not one huge khaki creation. The black fuzzy at the arm is the lining. I haven't hemmed it yet.

Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Purple looks bad. One problem is I can't figure out whether this is a brown or a grey. Do I wear brown shoes or black ones? I have a rule about wearing brown shoes with black/grey things and vice versa. In these pictures it looks khaki brown.


Lower or higher belt?

Solid colored belt or patterned belt like this one? I don't like any of the options!!!

I need color around my face but, as a science teacher, I don't wear scarves or big necklaces. Too many opportunites to catch on fire. What sort of non-frilly colorful embellishment can I add? I was recently reading Lindsey T's blog and her trim shopping. I wish . . .

21 comments:

Paula said...

Defintely. Not. A. Wadder.

I think it looks really cute with the floral belt and the fit is super.

If you're having trouble deciding if it's gray or beige, it's probably taupe, which is, interestingly enough, gray-beige. That being the case, you could wear it with either black or brown, but it would depend on how you accessorize. With that floral belt, for example, I would wear brown.

Then again, it's not really like I'm a fashion oracle.

Sigrid said...

Agree with Paula, not a wadder.Great fit, good pattern for you, so why throw it away? Perhaps a necklace with bold, large beads?
And perhaps just leave it for a week or two, and see how you think about it.

Sigrid said...

Missed your last sentence about not wearing necklaces! Sorry, my suggestion is not an option for you.

Kat said...

I would say boots and a long-beaded necklace, but the necklace isn't an option for you. Hmmm...maybe a nice jacket? Thinking a cropped one in a bolder color to complement the color of the dress? You have a great figure and a short bolero style would still let you show it off.

Keely said...

I agree. Definitely worth finishing. I like the floral belt with it. Kat's suggestion of a cropped jacket is a good one.

Beth H said...

No big necklace, but how about something short but a little bold and colorful? I like the belt higher on your body and I actually like the brown one because of the higher contrast with the color of the dress.

The cropped jacket sounds like a good idea, too.

Oh, and no boring shoes. Red. Purple. Fuschia.

I hope you can pull this out. It looks great but for the color...

Rachelle said...

Oh, not a wadder at all! I really like it with that last floral belt, although I also liked the brown ones. This seems to be kind of a "blank canvas" of a dress, made to show off accessories. Cute flats or kitten heels, kicky belt, chunky necklace and bracelet, and you got yourself an outfit! Don't match your shoes to the dress - match them to your accessories.

Tamara said...

The fit looks fantastic on you. I can agree that the color is not the best but there must be something you can do do make it work. I also think a little jacket or sweater would be great. This would definitely be a dress to make again in a fabric you love.

Lindsay T said...

You've got me stumped on this one, because I really love the classic design and the fit. You don't want to gunk it up with the wrong trim or belt. There is a designer named Milly who has a very clean, fresh line with classic clothes like this dress pattern. You might be able to steal some of her embellishment ideas for this dress: millyny.com
Good luck and keep us posted.

Alexandra said...

I'd say belt lower and dark solid. To help with the color, you could always wear a colorful scarf around your neck. Or there's always Rit dye :-)
Definitely not a wadder.

Elaine said...

Whatever the color is, it's very flattering on you!

How about a nice big pin? That would have been what we wore with these in the sixties. A big flower or even the ubiquitous circle pin.

Paula said...

Dawn, I'm looking at your blog and I only see two columns. Am I missing something?

Paula said...

So were you able to get a main column in the center with a sidebar on either side? Because if you did, I'm highly impressed. I'm usually pretty good at this sort of thing, but it's really giving me fits!

kathysews said...

I like the floral belt. I first thought maybe some chunky trim around the neck and sleeves about an inch away from the edge. I like the lining peeping out of the sleeves, maybe piping in the floral print around the neck and sleeves?

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Paula said...

Sorry I had to delete that comment...weird link.

Anyway, I have gotten three columns, I just can't get them to behave the way I want them to. You can see it here:

http://tryitout1955.blogspot.com/

Paula said...

I'm not sure how to use absolute positioning. I just know that the examples I've looked at show it exactly like I have it. But for me, no combination of lefts and rights is making it so that one sidebar is on either side of the main text. Sorry for hijacking your comments.

Reethi said...

Yeah, I like it with the patterned belt too! Perhaps you could try it with a jacket? I think it looks good, but of course, the wadder thing is so personal. You know if you'll wear it or not.

Vicki said...

What about pink accessories? Pink goes with grey and brown. Can you wear a smallish necklace? Or pink lippy?

I think the dress looks smart without any belt. And the fit is so good you could just make up a couple more in more flattering colours.

You could also make this dress shorter and wear it as an evening/lunch frock. So you can accessorize to your hearts content and not worry about the science lab.

Anonymous said...

Don't wad it. It needs to be shorter. Black accessories...tights, shoes, handbag.