It all started very much like many of my sewing projects. I was perusing Pinterest, trying to get some inspiration for the fabulous robin's egg blue, navy and brown plaid I had purchased at a thrift store last week. Totally minding my own business, stressing out over the pattern I would use, did I want to use the plaid for the skirt or the jacket, did I want to use the robin's egg blue linen for the jacket instead? And would I use the brown or the navy wool with the outfit? Then all of a sudden it was there like a beaming ray of moonlight on a dark winter's night. The picture. It screamed at me. It beckoned me lovingly. It seduced me with its sweetness. I was hers and hers alone as I whispered, "Yes my sweet. I will make you."
Below is the image.
Isn't she just the sweetest outfit? I am so excited to start this project!! Yes, I am totally, unabashedly, willfully, and un-apologetically going to have a squirrel moment!! I am moving the two 1940s suit projects way out of the way so I can work on The 1950s Christmas Separates Project!!!
I have had in my stash for quite a long time 10 yards of a silk taffeta fabric. I am thinking it is a mixture of silk and something else because it doesn't hold a pleat or a crease very well at all, but I did a burn test and it is definitely silk (plus it totally smells like silk when I iron it.) I haven't known what to do with it because of the fact that it can't hold a very good crease, so there it sat waiting for this day and this image.
It is the most gorgeous deep lipstick red color!!!
After I decided to make the above dress, my mind (with the help of Pinterest) went quite literally berzerk. All of a sudden, my eyes were swimming in all the wonderful things that could and hopefully will be made from this silk....all in the form of separates!!!
There will (hopefully!!!) be made from the above silk:
1) a bodice
2) a pencil skirt
3) a full skirt
4) a coat
and hopefully if I have any fabric left over
5) a bolero
The plan is to of course wear the bodice with both the pencil and full skirt like the inspirations below:
Pencil Skirt Dress
Full Skirt Dress
The above image has off the shoulder, which I won't be doing, but the look on the whole is what I'm shooting for!!!
Then there is the coat that I really want to make!!
The dress and outside of the coat will be the red and the inside will be another fabric that is as of yet undetermined....but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this look!!!
Another coat and pencil dress combo.
(This will be the last thing to make as I am not quite sure there will be enough fabric left....fingers crossed!!!)
Now we come to the not red pieces!!!
Super cute black blouse!!!
I am so loving the polka dot blouse here! I am not sure if the spots are gold or black...will have to see if I can't find some gold polka dot fabric!! What fun!
Pieces for later!!
I am really liking the idea of being able to use these pieces for future outfits. In just 5 minutes of looking for "1950s Red Dresses" I ran across several fun ideas!!
Love the ivory sailor bodice of this dress. It would look wonderful with the full red skirt!
From Etsy. A similar skirt would go well with the bodice!
From Etsy...a fun print skirt would again go well with the bodice!!
A super fun large check gingham in red from Reminisce Magazine (Source: Pinterest)
Patterns that will be used
There will be plenty of Frankenpatterning!!!
The Bodice will be from Butterick 5880
Full skirt from Butterick 5813
Pencil skirt and coat from Vogue 8687.
I am going to wait on the bolero pattern until I am sure that I have enough fabric! And the blouse patterns are going to be looked into during the next Big 4 sale at JoAnn's!!
I think that is enough on my plate for now! I am just so excited!! OOOOH!!! And I haven't even mentioned the accessories I plan on making!!!
I have some antique ermine tails and rabbit fur from a falling apart vintage coat that I am going to upcycle into a hat and muff!
Would love to add some holly to the hat like the one in this picture!!!
This is going to be so fun!!!
Be blessed my friends!!