Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Advance 7931, Navy Corduroy Dress

Done!

The dress and belt are finally finished!  The belt was easy to make, and I had the right sized vintage buckle already in my collection.  If you're going to make matching belts, I've got one tip.  You're going to have to place the belt over the tongue portion of the buckle and secure it.  In order to do this easily, I make a button hole in the belt, and then easily assemble the buckle.  Otherwise, you'll have to cut the belt and have a raw edge, which is not ideal.



Here's the dress on the form, all done:



Here it is, with me wearing it:


I'm happy with it - the pattern was well drafted and the instructions were straightforward.  Made up in corduroy, this style is good for fall/winter wear.

Parting Shot:  Sunflowers.  My son's sunflowers did pretty well this year.  He's got a variety of heights, but he really loves these tall ones.



Regarding yesterday's parting shot.  The campground is on Mt. Desert Island, ME near Acadia National Park.  Tent platforms are not uncommon here in New England.  Their main purpose is to help prevent erosion and damage due to overuse or because the terrain is so uneven or rocky, making pitching a tent difficult.  Most platforms have hooks or large metal eyes in the corners and along the sides for staking out a tent if the tent is not free standing;  it is usually considered bad etiquette and damaging to install your own, although people do it.

16 comments:

Samina said...

The finished dress looks fantastic! It's one of my favorite styles - classic & timeless.

Vicki W said...

That's a really pretty dress! It will be great for winter.

LisaB said...

Wonderful dress.

Thanks for the extra info on the tent platform. I just camped there in August, though our campground didn't have platforms. I'll keep my eyes open for them next time we are in that area.

Julie Culshaw said...

Very nice dress. I like your attention to detail, like the buttonhole for the belt buckle.

Dharma said...

The dress looks perfect for fall and winter!

Bunny said...

Your dress is pretty, feminine, and oh so cozy and comfy looking. I bet it would work well with some boots as well.

SewingLibrarian said...

I predict you will get a lot of wear out of that dress. It's very pretty on you!

Allison Ann Aller said...

It is a truly great dress....but what knocks my socks off is your son's spider tshirt!

nrf said...

Great dress...but what knocks my socks off if your son's sunflowers! Love them!!

themateriallady said...

A wonderful warm dress - showing us that winter doesn't always have to mean trousers - and I loved all the detail. Well done.

(I had to go back to look but I also love your sons t-shirt! - and sunflowers)

Gorgeous Things said...

What a great dress! It looks fantastic on you. Love the sunflowers too. I planted some, but DS didn't realize what they were and took the weed whacker to them one day.

Isabelle said...

What a gorgeous dress! So stylish. These belted styles look so good on you, by the way. Congratulations on this beautiful project!

Victoria said...

Lovely dress. You look great in blue:)

Vicki said...

The belt really finishes off the dress. Looks great on you. And wow, those sunflowers, pretty neat!

Reethi said...

I really love this dress - it looks great on you!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ah - this looks soooooo good on you! Of course the belt was the perfect finishing touch!