Friday, July 25, 2008

The Dress
I decided at first to use this pattern.

The long view, with short sleeves and no collar. I wanted to do the top v shape in the contrast fabric, and below-the-bustline in the comic fabric.

And then I got my contrasting fabric.


And then I changed my mind and decided to use this pattern. (both patterns happen to be from 1971. I'm consistent like that.)

The center view. Turns out the white contrast is not a pattern piece, but "braid trim". Ha. So I used black bias tape for the sides and I used polka dot for the sleeves.

And here's how it turned out!


And here are the shoes Nan found for me! I tried on something like 20 pairs of shoes in the search for the perfect one. I kept trying on yellow shoes, and Nanette kept saying "But they aren't red."


Compliments at Comic Con - 22 (yah, I totally counted), including one large black man who pointed at me as he walked by unsmiling and said, "I want a dress like that!"

glee!

27 comments:

Ellsworth said...

You are amazing! Your dress turned out awesome!

Maxine said...

Well done - it looks great! I mean, it's no Dark Helmet... ;)

Nanette said...

You are so cool! And I must say, those cute red shoes top it off nicely!

Nikolaus Family said...

Oh my goodness, I love this dress! You look amazing and the shoes are fabulous! Wow. You are so dang talented. Not fair.

DailyFamily said...

Way cute...I love that second pattern you chose and the red shoes look great!

Penelope Crackers said...

Bravo! I was so excited to see this. I can't believe how quickly you made it too. Very very cute!!! And good job doing a project for yourself for once. :) I'm muy proud. You've got to wear that to Connor's baptism. :) Oh and Nan was totally right! Red shoes.

Erin said...

It's pretty much awesome! And way to go Nan on the shoes... definitely had to be red, but that's just coming from me.

Gurgy said...

Great job!! Hope you had a great time at Comic Con!

Flibby said...

That's practically the coolest thing ever. I've secretly always wanted to go to Comic-Con.

wundermary said...

Looks great! I like your pattern choice and I am tickled that you chose a contrasting fabric that looks like the halftone dots they used to use on comics. Lichtenstein would have appreciated it!

Sewer-Sewist said...

Wow! That fabric is sweet, but combined with that dress pattern it's unbelievable. How awesome!
~Sarah

Oldpatterns said...

Great job on the dress. Too cute!

You should submit the pattern and how it came out to the vintage sewing pattern wikia! http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/

EmilyJ said...

Hi, came over from A Dress A Day, this is a completely fabulous outfit - it combines 2 of my biggest loves (dresses and geekdom) in one stunning package!

laurennn said...

that is pretty much the raddest dress i've ever seen!!! awesome job!

Cennetta said...

What a fun dress! This is my first visit to your blog. I'll be back.

ambika said...

So incredibly cool! & love it with the red shoes!

MR F said...

I actually saw you walking around on the con floor and you looked adorable! I Should have said something to you to get your count up to 23!

Renee said...

Fantastic idea and awesome execution. Bravo! *holds up a 10 sign*

Lisa Simeone said...

This is so cool. You look fantastic! Directed here from Erin McKean's great blog, Dress-A-Day.

MH said...

I already kinda whipped myself into want squash at a Dress A Day, but I just wanted to say personally how amazing I think this dress is!

Denise said...

Great pattern choice, I love how you can really see the comics on the fabric. Very fun.

Michael said...

Lovely. Very impressive.

rachelpinklovesunicorns said...

I am happy to say that I was one of your complimenters! The dress rocked. Did you see the woman who made the Wonder Woman dress from the Warner Bros. swag bags?

Cassandra Mortmain said...

Pointed over here from Dress-a-Day and I simply have to know:

WHERE DID YOU FIND THE SHOES?

I've been looking for a pair just like those for... close to four years now. I covet them. And they look incredible with your dress, which is in turn remarkable.

Well done you.

the lunch lady said...

AWESOME DRESS! I know you've only heard that a million times, but I just want to reaffirm it.

Amelia said...

Where did you get that fabric? I must know!!!!!

Also, awesome dress. I like the contrasting fabric, too.

Kristen said...

Amelia - I got it from Ebay. Haven't been able to find it again since. Good luck!