The “Kiss Them for Me” Dress

When I was in high school my parents bought me a 2 piece set, skirt and embellished jacket, in bright yellow. They had gone out to breakfast and decided to stop in at a clothing store near the restaurant . My dad picked it out because he thought it would look beautiful with my long black hair. My mother produced her red terry tube top to go underneath. That does sound a bit scandalous but it was a high waisted skirt and the jacket was to be worn buttoned (at all times).

The cut of the jacket was just like this one and mine had studs on the shoulders. It was rare for my parents to buy me something I actually liked. I guess I can be pretty picky. I liked this dress though and it wasn’t until much later in my life that I realized why. It was one of the few times I remember my parents telling me I was pretty. Don’t get me wrong, they did think I was pretty but in my family you’re just supposed to know how they feel about you without it having to be said. I wish I could have heard it a little more. I think it would have done me good. Anyway…

I have been wanting to add more yellow to my wardrobe to remind me of my parents but have yet to find the right fabric and color. I did find some pretty silks but I’m afraid it wouldn’t last very long with all the running around I do. I wanted to use a print for this challenge but nothing with flowers. Just not the look I was going for. Is it ever? Maybe one day.

This pattern is marked easy but as I was working with it I couldn’t imagine how someone with little to no sewing skills could have an easy go at it. The panels are sewn in and one of the marks is pretty off.

I decided to use more of my leftover stretch cotton from my skinnies for the panels and had originally had it on top as well. The dress was a minor disaster. I cut the pattern without checking for any adjustments first. I did not feel like adding a zipper so I needed some ease to be able to slip it on. I set it aside for the night to give myself some time to think about how to fix it.

I was going to scrap it. I went back to the fabric store and tried again. No luck. I was going to have to “make it work”. I tried to use the leftover fabric to make a simple skirt but it was way too tight. So tight my thighs hurt while I was in it. That’s pretty crazy tight. I had some leftover faux leather and was able to squeeze the top panels in with some very creative placing and cutting a few corners (literally). I needed to make them a little longer than the original pieces. This worked great! I wanted the dress to fit a little more snugly though. I had to take it in myself so I used safety pins to mark where I needed to take it in in back then got to work getting out of the dress. It does take some work but I was not going to mess with a zipper. I just didn’t have it in me this week.

As I mentioned in my blog (yes I finally updated it) I wanted to wear a wig for this shoot. I think it works well with the dress. My new friend Monika Labbe, a gifted photographer, took the photos for me because my family is out of town. I didn’t want her to go out of her way and insisted we use my point and shoot but she wasn’t going for it. Because this dress has pieces that don’t breathe well and because I was going to be wearing a wig we had to meet at 7:30 in the morning to beat the 90 degree weather that was coming. That meant that I needed to wake up at 5 do my hair and apply my make-up. It was worth it. I had so much fun doing this. I have worked as a stylist and I guess it didn’t really occur to me that Sew Weekly was a great opportunity to use that gift on myself. It’s still not easy being the model though. So since I had access to a world class photographer I’m going to share a lot more photos than usual. Skip to the end if you’re not in the mood for so much me.

Believe it or not the woman does not use Photoshop. She really knows her stuff. The title comes from a song by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Since my family is away it made me think of them because I can’t kiss them myself. The hair reminds me a bit of Siouxsie Sioux. Just a little.

The Facts:

Pattern: McCall’s 6278

Year: Current

Fabric: 1 1/2 yds. some sort of stretch poly blend $7, scraps of midweight stretch cotton and faux leather from stash

Time to Complete: 4hrs?

First Worn: for this shoot

Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: $7

Author

ginaclarkstyle

Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.

29 Comments

  1. Amazing. Love it all. The photos, the wig (LOVE), the dress. So awesome.

  2. Wow. You look great in these photos! That dress is seriously cool – this print really works for you (somehow I can’t picture you in a flower print…have you ever posted anything like this? Somehow, this seems to cute and sweet for you but maybe I am wrong…) Funny how we both picked black, white and yellow for this challenge and yet with such different results. :) Oh, and I totally understand the thing about your parents… Mine did the same. I grew up thinking I am dead ugly and it wasn’t until college that it dawned on me that this might not be entirely true…If I ever have a girl I will let her know that she’s pretty (and make sure at the same time she doesn’t get conceited about it). I am actually trying to do the same with my son. Maybe, it’s not so important for boys but I am sure it does them good to know they are handsome.

    • PS: Pretty amazing that this pattern is supposed to be easy. Those panels look quite difficult to put together…

      • I have used flower prints but not conventional ones. I like that we both had the same color scheme going on.
        I tell my boys all the time how handsome they are. I think the bigger one’s getting a big head about it but the little one seems to be handling it well. though he has been known to use his cuteness for evil.

  3. Great dress Gina, glad to hear you worked your way to safety, phew! It was certainly worth it, super awesome photos and composition, Monika is a magician. Great wig and great, great song title.

    • Thank you Kazz. I’m glad I kept at it with the dress. I’ve been feeling so lazy lately that starting over seems like less work. That doesn’t really make sense does it?

  4. Dispute all the minor setbacks, you dress is amazing! It looks so edgy and cool. The photos are very pleasing to to look at over and over as they are so artistic. How fun to have a photographer friend who is so talented.

    • I have many photographer friends that are very talented. I try not to ask them unless I absolutely have to even though they offer to help all the time. My husband really likes doing it and it’s more convenient working with him. We just need to get our hands on a better camera.

  5. Fab photos! Fab dress! And Fab shoes! Wow – I love it all!

  6. AMAAAAAZING!!! The DRESS!! The PHOTOS!!! And YOOOOOOOOOU!! Totally knocked it out. The wig is the perfect touch!

  7. Hi Gina, that outfit is stunning on you and you really look the high fashion model I the photos, great attitude.

    • Thanks! My friend had to get me to relax. I was so caught up in trying to get the posing right. She wanted me to just move around like a real model does. I did do some of those but they were a little too sexy. Those are for my husband.

  8. Great photos . and the dress looks great on you. Happy sewing.

  9. Feisty!!!! Gina, you are rockin this dress. I especially love your heels. The wig totally rocks, your pictures rock, and your hot poses rock. Gorgeous, gorgeous!

  10. What a stunning photo shoot! LOVE the hair. If you ever decide to cut your hair….The dress is beautiful, as are you : )

    • I’ve had my hair that short. I cut it all off except for the top and dyed it blue. then i bleached it out and dyed it bright red. i like being able to have it short then take it off at the end of the day. More fun that way. Thanks for the sweetness-it makes a girl feel good!

  11. Nice job giving CPR to your nearly tossed project. The cut of the wig looks fantastic, and so do the photos. What a successful photo shoot!

  12. Your photos are great! though you say it wasn’t easy being a model…when looking at them I thought…she must have done it before. You are a natural! The dress is great on you and the wig is fab.

  13. Thank you! That’s nice to hear. I think somewhere deep down we all have that supermodel in us. Mine decided to come out that morning.

  14. Those are some pretty amazing photographs! How wonderful to have such a talented photographer to work with for this challenge. I’m super envious – I’m usually scrambling to find anyone to take any kind of photos of me!

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