Hot! The Variety store dress meets a mouse

Tut, tut, looks like rain!

Fabric: 100% Cotton from stash, originally purchased for pillows : )
Pattern: Simplicity 2549
Year: Contemporary
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?

Polka dots!

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!

Love that clock!

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:

Cherries : )

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 : )

Just out for a walk

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.

Don't cry for me...

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 : )



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Colour looks fab on you! Great job.

  2. What a fun dress! And those wedges – my word – absolutely adorable. You look fabulous!

    • Those shoes are from the 90’s,can you believe it? I save them for “special” occasions to keep them clean : ) My daughter made fun of them when I bought them but now they’re almost vintage so I guess they’re cool again!

  3. Just adorable, Loren! What a great MTL inspired dress. I like your use of the bakelite buckle instead of a big bow. And your cherrie necklace….yummy!

  4. Great minds think about polka dots! And apparently umbrellas! My pics for next week are with an umbrella. haha But anyways, I love your dress! It’s gorgeous and I love your variation in the color! Maybe I’ll see you at the next Alameda Flea Market!

  5. I love the bright colors in this outfit — the shoes, the necklace, the dress! Great MTL!

  6. Gorgeous! I so need to make a polka dot dress – you have inspired me. And I love the cherries!

  7. Great dress, and I am on the look out for a “simple” cherry necklace myself. Nice. one.

  8. That cut looks beautiful on you, always looking for patterns that flatter the curves. Definitely make me want tot sew poke dots.

  9. love love love this!!! It looks fantastic on you. And that necklace is so freaking adorable.

  10. Your dress is fantastic! It fits you really well and gotta love a polka dot. Your cherries are to die for!

  11. This is a great take on the ModCloth dress! How fun!

  12. Great dress! (I am sucker for red.) And I love the “simple” cherry necklace and the wedges you’re wearing in that one pic. Perfect styling.

  13. I don’t know what I love more: your clock, your dress, your cherry necklace, or that fabulous umbrella. I am overwhelmed by the awesomeness of this ensemble – well done!

  14. See what Meg said, and throw in the wall paint! Everything about this is a big cherry Jolly Rancher (re: eye candy)!!!

  15. I love this whole outfit (snood included) but did it seriously take less time to line the top than to change overlocker threads???

    • Here’s my process for changing overlock threads – go open closet door, try to keep one or more cats from running inside, stand on head to retrieve threads out of drawers, extricate cats. By now we’re up to 10 minutes or more : ) Make way through cats,& possibly the dog wanting to get in on the action that has the cats so amused, move cat off warm chair, change threads on overlock. While it may take only 3-4 minutes as the crow flies to actually go from black to white, its like having several toddlers underfoot all at once! I just took the muslin I made to make sure the top fit, stitched it for reals, plopped the facings on top and voila! So yes, in my corner of the world, on that day, it was faster to line it

  16. Gorgeous dress, so much fun! :-) I love the photos you’ve taken this week – they’re lovely and show off the dress (and your cherry necklace!) so well.

  17. Gorgeous! And that cherry necklace? Perfect!