Friday, October 25, 2013

1960's Green Dress

To say this in a nutshell, I made this dress because I was tired of wearing black to weddings.

Our family has attended over 10 weddings in the past 2 years. And for several of them, I've been the pianist, so I wear "professional black" to be as inconspicuous as possible.

In September, I attended a wedding that I was not a musician in any way! It may sound shallow of me, but I was thrilled to finally be able to wear color to a wedding (don't get me wrong, I LOVE playing music for weddings, but black is ... black), and in honor of the occasion, I decided to make myself a new colorful dress. :)
The patterns were on sale for 99¢. The fabric was in the bargain basement for $2 a yard, so all in all, the dress cost me about $10. Yeah, I was pleased. :)
The pattern is Butterick #6582, which is a 1960 pattern. For a while I had an slight abhorrence to anything from the 1960's, because after all, it isn't as cute as the 1950's, but recently I really started to like the clothing styles, crazy poofy hair, and wacky make-up. :) I guess watching the Dick Van Dyke show at least once a week for the past 4 years has helped me adjust to the 1960's. :)
The first thing I noticed and liked about the pattern was the "pleaty-ness" of the cross front... sadly, it doesn't come out that way when sewn in real life. I had a quite a time trying to make it work, but it just wouldn't. *sigh* Oh well. The pattern otherwise wasn't difficult... my high shoulder gave me a hard time, but in the end it worked. :) I also made the skirt a little fuller by cutting 3 widths of fabric, instead of using the pattern pieces.
The fabric is a rayon/linen blend. It was a little "drape-y" for this pattern, so I would recommend using a stiffer fabric, but I still liked the end result.
Since this style is very early 1960's, and could be mistaken for 1950's, I did my hair in a bouffant/beehive, and did cat-eye make-up for the photos.  :)
And who could resist putting on sparkly sunglasses? :)

Thanks as always, to my fabulous photographer sister for the photos.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tutorial | Anne of Green Gables Hairstyle

I got a few requests after my last post for a tutorial on how I did my Anne of Green Gables hair... so I made a video for you all... it's not perfect, as I am still trying to figure out how to video by myself in a mirror, but at least it's something! :)

Do let me know if it works for you!!

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