Hot! The “Have a Wonderful New Year!” dress

The Facts
: Gold Brocade
Pattern: Butterick 6582 and Vogue 1137
Notions: A zipper…that’s it, just a zipper!
Year: 1960
Time to complete
: 3 1/2  hours
First worn: December 2012
Wear again? Yes, on New Years Eve : )

Total Cost: Dress $21.19, Coat is from Christmas challenge

Since I’m not sure if we’re doing one final challenge of the year I figured I might as well! After all, can you wear the same dress for Christmas and New Years? I think not : )

I was originally inspired by this purse:



It was in the collection of my costumer friend that died earlier this year. It just SCREAMS party, don’t you think?

I thought it would go nicely with the 1960’s gold convertible Cadillac that the gentleman with the 1940 Packard has. Unfortunately with the craziness of the holidays we couldn’t connect to do photos but we will soon… : )

But since this is so much amazing gold-ness I thought it deserved a dress with MORE gold to it and here we are!



Since the car was unavailable I decided to set up my dining room early for New Years dinner. I think between my dress, the purse and the table setting there is sufficient glitter for a party : )

I am also wearing the coat from last week, I’ve reversed it so the lining shows and the burgundy is on the inside. It does indeed reverse and looks pretty good. Whodda thought??

The pattern went together quite easily. The only thing I changed about it was fully lining it since those gold threads ITCH. I also used the “inside” of the fabric instead of the “right” side. I didn’t care for the yellow tint to the satin, not my best color, but the “wrong” side looks pretty good AND is sparklier. Yes, sparklier is a word : )

I’ve also got on enough sparkly jewelry to make a drag queen happy. I know this for a fact since I bought the necklace at a well known drag store in the Haight some years ago. The earrings and bracelets are new additions to my collection thanks to H&M’s after Christmas sales. Buy one, get one free. Love that!

Since I did this all at the last minute I didn’t have time to track down a photographer so once again I’m using the timer feature on my camera. I’m getting pretty good at this I think : )

Just for fun I’m including an outtake for Vicki –

Not the best shot of me but can you see Miss Amelia in the lower left corner?

Have a WONDERFUL 2013 everyone!! I hope you stop by my blog to say “Hi” every now and then. Drop me a note and I’ll stop by to see you as well : ) I have made so many new friendships this year, it has been truly amazing. I want to thank Mena for allowing me to come play. And thanks to each and every one of you who left me a comment. You don’t know how much I was surprised and delighted each week. It was truly incredible.

If you ever get out my way drop me a note and we’ll get together for tea or hot chocolate. By the time you read this I’ll have (hopefully!) met Djamila from Berlin. And I’m going to host a few sew-alongs this year if you’d like to join in : ) First up will be doing something in the style of Gina Clark. You MUST stop by!!

Again, thank you all SO MUCH!!!!





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. Loved your creations this year. Will definitely be popping in to your blog to keep up with you. :)

  2. OMG, I know I’ve posted some funny outtakes this year, but I’ve never had a farm animal wander into my dining room! You take the cake, you glowing guilded goddess you! See you over at Loran’s World.

  3. Look at you, Ms. Over-achiever! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Also happy to see the return of the fabulous table settings!

  4. Oh yes, I will stop by. Have so enjoyed your creativity throughout 2012. Happy New Year to you.

  5. Gasp! Love the coat on the gold side, what a glamorous ensemble, and what a shot of Miss Amelia! You’ve been an inspiration this year with the personal challenges you’ve faced and the sewing challenges you’ve presented with such flair. Wonderful idea to host projects based on contributors’ styles– thanks for the heads up here so I can start channeling Gina and thanks in general for your generous spirit.

  6. That coat is just as lovely reversed as it is the other way with the red. Your dress is very chic. Good idea to line it too. My gold brocade blouse only lasted two outings. I’ve learned a few things this year about vintage fabrics. It’s probably a good idea to underline them. The fabric just seams to come apart at the seams like a perforated bag. I have that 60’s pattern, but have yet to make it. I like the changes you made to the bodice, it gives it more of a winter look instead of summery. If I come by for tea, I hope to sit in front of fancy cups and saucers, but also have a chicken running under the table. I also have 4 delightful hen, however, I’ve never invited them into the house. ;)
    Looking forward to your tweets. Happy Sewing!

  7. Congrats Loran, what a magnificent end to the year. Your dress is just gorgeous and that coat? WOW! You look brilliant in that gold too. See you and your fancy tail over at Loran’s World. All the best for 2013.

  8. You look so glamorous! I’m hoping some day I can make it out your way so I can see your house-your garden, pets, and decor. You have been such an inspiration-can’t wait to see what you make!! I’m honored to be chosen by you-

  9. Ha, I remember seeing this beautiful dinner table! (And Amelia, of course!) You must have taken these photos after we left. Tood bad you weren’t wearing it when we came – Josh would have probably promoted you and refer to you as the Golden Queen instead of the Pumpkin Lady. ;) It’s a great ensemble. Sooo glamorous! I have the same pattern in my stash and I hope I’ll have time to make my own version soon. Yours is definitely be very inspiring.
    It was great seeing you even though it was such a short visit. Sorry that Josh didn’t have much patience that day…the playground you recommended worked out really well for him though. He was VERY happy there because there was sand everywhere (not just tanbark) and we stayed there for almost two hours and he ended up playing with some kids (although he kept talking German with them).