A Vase of Roses
Fabric: Vintage rayon (I think) Light green, cream roses
Pattern: Collette Pastille Dress from Collette Handbook
Notions: green thread, zipper
Time to complete: 6-7 hours
First worn: March 3, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: none! fabric was a gift
Lucky, Lucky me! Coming home from our 20th Anniversary, we stopped in the little town of Sabastopol and visited a great little bookstore. I headed straight for the craft and sewing section and found the Colette Sewing Handbook! I just had to have it. I was especially pleased that the bookstore gave educators a 25 percent discount. The handbook comes with 5 patterns in multi-sizes. I carefully traced the pattern for the Pastille Dress onto some wrapping paper, so as not to destroy the different sizes that I could possibly use to make dresses for my daughters and granddaughters. Colette’s directions were very easy to follow. I cut the size twelve, but had to make some adjustments. Next time I will use the size ten. That means tracing another pattern, which can be a little time consuming and not that much fun. The fabric was some type of synthetic, maybe rayon. It tended to unravel at the edges and get very stringy, so I serged all the seams as I made it. It’s just as cute as can be, with the three pleats around the bottom edge and that adorable neckline. The little sleeves could use a thin shoulder pad to help hold the shape on this particular fabric. I may or may not experiment with that a little later.
I knew exactly which artist and painting went along with my fabric choice for this challenge, Vincent Van Gogh’s “A Vase of Roses”. This painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. A vintage painting indeed, dating 1890, you can read more about it on the posted link.
Not only do I want to make a tribute to Vincent, but also to Cody Page, the lead guitarist in the up and coming band, French Girls. (Facebook Page) He stands artistically serenading me during the photo-shoot. Song sample here: The Distance. Another tribute to my youngest who took the photos, and a second tribute to my daughter who is a professional artist and has sold successfully on Etsy for the last 10 years, Pinkytoast. She helped photoshop the right picture into the frame. My final tribute goes to my oldest daughter, who is a seamstress, crafter, and designer. She loves the vintage look and helps me with ideas and fabric choices. This weekend she planned, decorated, and hosted a Red Carpet themed party for my 14 year old granddaughter. What a glamorous event that was! I wore a hand-beaded vintage dress. You can see more on my blog: Zibergirl Sews.