Quick! Before the summer weather has officially left (... like, last week...) I need to finally share this dress! This was my favorite project of the summer and I'm super excited about this post! :-)
I saw this adorable flamingo fabric at Hobby Lobby this spring and while I'm not the world's most rabid flamingo fan, it was exactly my kind of quirky novelty print. ;-) I couldn't stop thinking about the fabric and after my rousing success with Butterick 8038, I knew that would be the perfect design!
The construction details are pretty much the same as last time, except I wasn't quite so meticulous with pattern-matching as last time. ;-) Never fear, everything is still matched up along the horizontal axis though!
These vintage pink Moonglow beads were the perfect touch!
The only change I made this time around was to raise the neckline to a high boat neck. It makes for more practical sun protection- it's hard to reach a low back with sunscreen. ;-)
I really loved the partial back zipper in my first version, and this one is a keeper too!
My one exception for pattern-matching: gotta love a perfectly matched center back seam!
How amazingly fun is it that this buckle from who-knows-where in the stash was just the ideal finishing touch! Love it when that happens!
Ahh, I do love the look of pleats!
Basically, this outfit makes me so happy!!
After seeing Quinn's adorable 50s updo, I was totally inspired! I'm not one to experiment around with new hairstyles unless it's *absolutely* necessary, so I rather surprised myself with my eagerness to attempt my own "poodle" style. My hair is short enough to work really well for the style and the scarf is actually an essential element to keep all my too-short layers hidden. ;-)
I feel like it complements the dress style wonderfully and gives an overall late 50s vibe that I really love but rarely delve into!
· photos by Kathryn ·