What Do You Think?
I'm going to Houston at the end of the month for the awards ceremony for the International Quilt Festival. Of course, you know, I have nothing to wear! I emailed the contact for this event regarding what would be appropriate - this is a quilt show after all, and most of the time, attire is casual. Due to the descriptions of the event in the show catalog, it seemed like this event might be a little more dressy. The response I got was, "I would dress up a bit, but definitely not formal. Many wear nice slacks. Some dress up a bit more than others."
Hmmm. To me, that means a dress. Most likely, a vintage dress or a vintage skirt and dress. So, off to the pattern bins I went to see what I could come up with that wasn't heading to cocktail or evening gown land. I also checked out what fabric I had in stock to see what I'd be working with.
If I were to go with a skirt/blouse ensemble, here's what I have for patterns:
The skirt from the advance pattern in the center in black, drapey wool (I have that fabric and lining) and one of the blouses from the other patterns, either in crisp white or possibly green moire taffeta (see below for that fabric).
If I were to make a dress - this would be ideal, because I am doing a trunk show/lecture in November, and I'm making a dress for that anyway - here are my choices. They're not terribly exciting, but I think they're safe enough for the event.
The red Advance on the far left isn't bad, I wouldn't do the triangular pockets - I'd make inseam pockets instead. I'm not super crazy about the Advance on the far right (the other view of that has a really huge collar, which I can't do. At 5'2", it's a bit off proportion for me, besides the fact that I don't like big collars). At any rate, dresses from these patterns could be made from the green twill or red linen.
The McCall's directly above I don't actually have yet - it is on it's way. I'd use the bodice from the version on the left with the skirt from the version on the right. Either of the above dresses would look good in the navy crepe (see below) or red linen.
As far as fabrics, I have six yards of the emerald green silk twill, and 2.5 yards of the green moire taffeta. I also have 4 or 5 yards (can't remember) of blue/black taffeta, 4 yards of a navy blue silk/crepe and 4 yards of the navy/red/white dots (which will most likely be a lining - this is a fall event, not a spring event!). I also have 3 or 4 yards of red linen, too.
So, what do you think? I'd like to use what I have as far as fabrics, and only buy white fabric if I decide on that or linings if I don't already have them.
Parting Shot: One More Pond Photo. Here are the children, leaning over the pond to see the small fish.