Friday, June 3, 2011

Me-Made June Days 1 and 2 and my 1943 dress

Me-Made June Day 1
This week has been super fun so far! My niece and her husband are visiting us from the States. We've been showing them around Scotland (mostly places within day trips of Edinburgh).  For me-made June Day 1 we revisited the Voodoo Rooms (which is where David and I went for Valentine's Day this year) to have a nice dinner and listen to some live music.  The perfect outfit for a night out?  Definitely the 1933 Butterick dress I made based on the Katherine Hepburn movie blogged here:

Me-Made June Day 2
We've spent the first couple of days touring around Edinburgh and the weather has just started to get really nice (last week was CRAZY weatherwise including 100 mph winds!!).  So far this week it's been a bit muggy and real Scottish weather (i.e. changing every 30 minutes).

This week's theme for the sew weekly was to sew the perfect summer dress.  For me that would be 1. something that is easy to layer, 2. A dress that has pockets, 3. A fabric that doesn't wrinkle and 4. super comfy in a nice summer colour!  I think I found the perfect match in McCall 5384, from 1943:

This pattern has really amazing subtle lines that I think are really flattering.  I had a nice synthetic linen-look fabric in my stash in a beautiful raspberry colour.  You see, I love the look of linen but hate how easily it wrinkles.  This fabric is the perfect combination of the linen-look but without the wrinkles (perfect for a dress that has gathers which can be difficult to iron).

I absolutely adore the pockets on this dress:

The zipper is on the left side of the dress, leaving the back very streamlined:

I absolutely love the fit of this dress. The nice thing about sewing from the same time period and similar patterns (i.e. McCall) is that I know exactly how the patterns fit me.

 I love the shoulder yokes as well and the gathers are mirrored in the pockets:

Happy June everyone!

33 comments:

  1. That pattern is super cute (I have a huge affection for shoulder yokes!), and I love the colour you made it in.

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  2. I cannot decide on a favorite as both are so beautifully made.

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  3. Beautiful. I love the rapsberry colour, so lovely. And the fit is perfect on you.

    We're thinking about taking a vacation to Scotland next summer and you give me quite some ideas as to what to take with me for clothing ;-)

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  4. Really, truly lovely Debi! You look particularly stunning in your raspberry sorbet dress!

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  5. What a great colour on you! And I really like the pattern: I think it would look good in a wool jersey too.

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  6. MMJ2 dress is stunning, I love how it looks on you.

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  7. I love your raspberry dress - it is gorgeous. I agree about linen, I like the look of it but always steer clear as I know how little ironing I do!

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  8. Ooo! That is such a great dress! Love the color and the yoke and the gathers and the pockets....perfect ; )

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  9. Raspberry colour is on my mind too this summer! That dress fits impeccably Debi!

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  10. It's just super pretty! Wow, love the color and the fit is perfect. I would be wearing that dress all the time. You did such a great job with the pockets, they look well stitched and with great placement. Pleats look really good too. As always you sew such beautiful garments.

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  11. What a beautiful dress. It's so simple, yet so stylish and you're right, the fit is perfect. The colour raspberry doesn't suit me but I love seeing it on other people, you look great in it Debi. x

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  12. That is one AMAZING dress! it fits you like a glove! And when you have a dress that lovely, its impossible to be down :) great job x

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  13. Gorgeous! That raspberry color is to die for. This just might be my favorite of all of the things you've made.

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  14. WOW! McCall 5384 is INCREDIBLE! I love the style and fit of the dress! It's very flattering and classy! I bet this pattern would be fantastic with a variety of fabrics!

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  15. That color is divine on you! Amazing dresses. You look like a film star :)

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  16. That raspberry dress is GORGEOUS! The weather's crazy, huh? The building behind my flat lost part of its roof in the wind last week but today is hot and sunny, go figure.

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  17. There are so many nice things about this dress. The color is lovely, the details are cool, and the fit is amazing. What a lovely dress.

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  18. Such a beautiful summer dress, and have to agree the pockets are cute!

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  19. I'm just jealous. That color is so great and I am tired of looking rumpled in linen.

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  20. It's so gorgeous! The shape, the fit, the colour, everything! Great job, once again.

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  21. I know I'm just echoing everyone else at this point, but in addition to being very cute, the color of the dress is stunning and the fit is incredible! Very professional looking, nicely done :)

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  22. Love that raspberry dress. And it has pockets!

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  23. Lovely looks,but my favorite is the raspberry dress: you look really romantic and chic ^__^

    Great work!


    http://alicecloset-sewing.blogspot.com/

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  24. I think this is the best-fitting thing you have sewn yet! It is such a gorgeous color and so flattering. I love those little gathers in the pockets!

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  25. Please can I live in your wardrobe? You look divine. x

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  26. The second dress is a must have for me. I am going to track down the pattern so I can have one to treasure as well. Love it!

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  27. Oh I love both your outfits - the raspberry dress is just goregous on you, and I remember your 1 June outfit from the original post! Now I'm wishing I had the patience to sew more vintage patterns... I just love the details but I have no idea how they'd fit!

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  28. Arg I can't not comment today (and I'm a chronic lurker who never ever comments!) but I've got to say how amazing that raspberry dress looks on you. The illustration on the envelope really didn't look like anything special, but on you... OMG sheer perfection!

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  29. Holy cow that 1933 dress is amazing! It's one of the reasons I love the 30's so much, all of those crazy sleeves and fantastic style lines. :)

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  30. Hi!
    I have been reading your posts on Sew Weekly for a while now and today I just found your blog. Just want to tell you that I am a fan and I really think you make beautiful vintage clothes (they look store bought, and like those beautiful clothes in those vintage films!). Cheers!

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  31. This dress is pretty much perfect. Love the shape, the fit, and the color! Great job!
    Jamiehttp://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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