The “Hills are Alive” Dress

• The Facts

I was so excited to have an opportunity to make up this pattern that Adey sent me after I won her surprise giveaway last year.  This very special pattern deserved a fabulous fabric, and so I pulled out another length of this beautiful silk/cotton blend jacquard that I am absolutely in love with.

To be perfectly honest, this was supposed to be last week’s VIP fabric challenge dress, but I just could not find the time and/or motivation to finish the darn thing.

Instead of stressing myself out, I decided to push the project forward to this week’s challenge.

As I was working with the fabric, I was reminded of images taken at sunset of the hills in Marin County,CA.

The color of the fabric looks just like the brown and purple shadowed hills that I am lucky enough to see each and every day.  At the moment, the hills are green, but in a few months all of the grass will turn golden and the hillsides will be spotted with green trees.

⁃ Fabric:  Silk/Cotton Jacquard from Bella Notte warehouse sale

⁃ Pattern:  Simplicity  3448, Size 18 (bust 36”), courtesy of The Sew Convert

⁃ Year: 1940

⁃ Notions:  Zipper, Cotton Batting, Button from stash, Belting, Belt Buckle (covered)

⁃ Time to complete:  Too long!

⁃ First worn:  April 9, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Absolutely!

⁃ Total price:   ~ 50.00

 

Author

Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.

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  1. Beautiful dress! Lovely job matching fabric and pattern.

  2. Very lovely dress and photos. I really like the pattern and the fabric choice too.

  3. A perfection union between fabric and pattern. Great colour on you too.

  4. What a fabulous pattern and that fabric is divine, really beautiful

  5. The colours are so beautifully delicate and shine. I love the pattern’s gathers, the ones on the skirt reflecting those on the bodice. And your hair styling is fantastic!