Sombreros Again

Awhile ago I blogged about a blouse I made with a sombrero print, and mentioned that the fabric had come in other color schemes, and bought another scheme for a dress. Well, boy am I glad I bought the fabric when I did, because now all of the fabric is gone! Not cool, I know. But here is what I made…

This dress really stressed how much of a novice seamstress I still am.  Some of you are aware of my difficulty with/fear of side zippers, and this pattern originally called for a side zipper (or slide fastener as they were called back then) so I changed the pattern slightly to accommodate a back zipper.  Additionally, I decided to added to the bodice length, since I have a lower than average waist, and more often than not end up with garments both from patterns and ready-made with waists above mine.  I held up the pattern piece to my body, and thought an inch would do it.  But an inch turned out to be just a little too much for this pattern.  This was also the first dress I made that featured pockets, and the instructions had me quite perplexed.  Eventually I figured it out…whether or not it was the right way or not, I don’t know.  But the point is, they are in there!

Up next on the sewing table is an outfit I’m making for a friend’s 20s themed housewarming party.  I’m making what is really a costume from a film, because it is an outfit I’ve been dying to own since I saw it way back in 1999, I figured it’s a good time to make it!  It may appear pretty similar to something you all have already recently seen, but whatever! That’s okay!  The party is this Saturday so I better get back to sewing! After this project, I’ll be taking a bit of a sewing break and refocus my energy on my much neglected Etsy shop.

Dress: Made by me, using Simplicity 2074 from my grandmother’s collection.
Copper Earrings and Bracelet: Brownsville Antique Fair, Brownsville, Oregon
Copper Belt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon

15 thoughts on “Sombreros Again

  1. I love seeing your sewing projects, they always turn out so well! Looking forward to seeing your next 20s themed outfit.

  2. You did such a great job! I love seeing how you tackle these vintage patterns! If you do get a handle on a side zipper, this would be a great tutorial! How awesome is that belt! We don’t see too much in the way of copper. It is so funny that you are wearing a bracelet too. I was just thinking the other day of things my father made for me and wishing I still had some of them and I remember being very little and him making me a copper bracelet. How fun to see yours!

  3. Great pattern and it looks even better on you! I really love that copper belt you’ve paired with it… I’ve been looking for a similar one for a while now. x

  4. My word, what a marvelously cool, vibrant dress! That pattern is crazy fun and looks so awesome with the eye-catching copper accessories you partnered it with. Really great outfit, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Turned out so pretty! That print is just so you, it’s destiny. I’ll never stop being amused at how much you hate side zips, for I have equal hatred for back zippers. There is nothing I hate more than trying to get a back zipper up, or it getting stuck, or it constantly starting to come unzipped. Arg! Haha. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the 20s party!

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