The Hundred Dresses: Day 92

Today is a twofer; here’s dress 1:

This is McCall’s 8484, which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.

I do really like the collar:

Side zip, eh:

The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:

I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:

This is one of my favorite liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in 2007, I bought some more and made this:

I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:

The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:

Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:

And the side zip:

Man, I wish I had more of this fabric …

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