The Variety store dress meets a mouse
Fabric: 100% Cotton from stash, originally purchased for pillows : )
Pattern: Simplicity 2549
Notions: 1 zipper, 1 bakelite buckle from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $3.70 for pattern and zipper
Rummaging through the “Make this Look” archives took about 9 seconds – once I saw the polka dot dress from Modcloth I was done! And what better way to use some yummy polka dot fabric from my stash?
To the store I went to look for the pattern, and thank goodness they had one left in my size! I so rarely buy patterns any more that this was quite an outing. Let’s just say that I hope I don’t have to do that again for a while. I’m delighted the way it turned out!
I decided not to alter the pattern in any way, other than make the bust a little fuller since they draft those things for a C cup and I’m…not. The pattern calls for a bow to be placed at the waist but instead of the bow I looped a sash through a bakelite buckle and tacked it down. Much more elegant I think. I lined the entire top as I was too lazy to change out the overlock threads : )
I opted for a “simple” cherry necklace and earring set to finish off my look:
This was the ultimate addition my bakelite collection – once I found these I was a happy, fulfilled cherry/bakelite collector. I buy buttons and buckles now but that’s about it : )
With such lovely comments last week I really wanted to try to kick things up for this weeks photoshoot. We had great plans for accessories and shots and then…it rained. Not only that but it’s COLD. So I went on a stroll in my parents back yard with their dog Otis, as if I was heading to market with no jacket on…in the cold…and the rain : ) But I’ve got a cha-cha umbrella! I found it at the Alameda Flea market a few months ago and have been waiting to use it! I also made my little polka dot market bag, using an old handle bag as a pattern. I feel quite accessorized.
I call this my “Don’t cry for me Argentina” shot – the clock behind my head reminds me of the sun that is part of the Argentinian flag. One of my favorite all time musicals is “Evita” and while she had some pretty fabulous clothing and jewelry I don’t think she ever had a bakelite cherry necklace : )