Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mod Squad

I made this dress for my recent vacation but didn't get a chance to photograph it until now. 
My vacation wardrobe's color theme was black, white and purple - easy to coordinate and mix and match.  I used Vogue 9503 dated from 1996.

Another chica who sews and blogs (I don't remember who) suggests looking past the illustrations on the pattern envelope to imagine what the pattern can become.  Who knew there was a little mod dress lurking in there?

Some modifications I made:
shortened hem by about 6 inches
inserted a separating zipper in the front
added lining

I used stretch denim purchased from one of my all time favorite San Francisco fabric stores, Fabrix.

A peak inside (a bit wrinkled from wear)...

I used a white cotton of forgotten origin for the lining.  I also added a zipper flap (copied from my husband's North Face jacket) so the zipper wouldn't rub against my skin and to prevent my skin from getting caught in the zipper (ouch!). 

I can wear this through summer and into fall with a long sleeved tee and tights.  I can also accessorize with scarves and long chain jewelry.

I can imagine making this up again in wool for winter - a bright color contrasting with black or grey.  Although I don't want summer to end, I find myself thinking of cooler weather and sewing some fun warm clothes.  ¡Hasta pronto!

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