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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

· Yet another Simplicity 1587 ·

.....This time, for me!

This year, I've been stretching my concepts of my "normal" wardrobe a bit.  Just like my tastebuds change over the years, so does my fashion taste.  I feel like I'm in a bit of a transition period, so I'm trying to stretch my ideas, think outside my usual, and discover what my new normal is. :-)

Hence, purchasing plaid I used to hate.  And now, making a 1940s dress even though I used to dislike the decade.

This summer, I was making lots of dresses from Simplicity 1587- Kathryn got 2 dresses from it (seen here and here) and I made one for a customer as well!  I had always been partial to the interesting neckline, but after making 3 versions of it I got to the point where I could practically make it in my sleep.

Over the past year, I've become more accepting of 1940s fashion, so I was willing to give the decade a chance.  This dress seemed like a great chance to give it a whirl and see what happened. ;-)

I was desperately in need of several new church dresses, so this seemed like a good time to buy some new rayons to try stretching myself!

As you can see, it ended up snowing on the day of our photoshoot, so pictures of just the short-sleeved dress didn't sound very pleasant. ;-)

I'm not sure I'm still terribly fond of the dress, but I do rather like it with these accessories, so it seemed like a good compromise anyway!

I'll share more detail shots of the dress in the spring when it's a bit more weather-appropriate!

My ADORABLE Miss L Fire shoes!!!  I love them sooooo much!  (And they're so comfortable! Bonus! ;-))

All in all, I think the dress was a mild success, even if it wasn't a rousing one.  I like it when paired with the sweater and it filled my need for slightly dressy clothing!

· Photos by Kathryn ·


  1. Your shoes (and the dress of course ;)) are SO adorable! Is that brand available online, or did you buy them in a store?

    1. Thanks! :-) I LOVE these shoes! They are Miss L Fire brand, which is available online. This style is now discontinued, but I have an extra pair that I'll be selling off- more details later this week! :-)

  2. Love, love, love it! :D That print is so pretty. I'm glad you're starting to like the 40s more. Have you seen the Hallmark movie "The Magic of Ordinary Days" ? It is set in WW2 & has some really cute dresses.

    Those shoes. Awesome.

    How fun that it snowed during your shoot! I was thinking is that real snow? :D

    Lovely job, as always.

    1. Michelle, thanks! :-) Actually, TMoOD was one factor in the tipping point towards tolerating the 1940s! I really like that movie. :-)

      LOL! Yeah, it was about the only snow we've gotten all year. Just in time for pictures of the most seasonally inappropriate outfit. Would it snow for my Christmas dress? of course not.... ;-P

  3. I love your dress!!! The fabric is perfect. I can't wait to see the details of it! I know exactly what you mean about the weather - every time I plan on a photo session, the weather turns to Antarctica! I love Simplicity 1587! My first experience with it was a little rocky, especially using a super-slippery polyester, but I love it and can't wait to make anothe. Maybe even with long sleeves! Mmmm....
    Love the shoes!!

  4. The dress looks lovely Lily! I can't wait to see it in it's "proper setting" in the spring, though you did a fabulous job fitting it out with accessories and colors for the wintertime!

    It's funny how you say that you could make that dress in your sleep! That's how I feel with my Palazzo Pants pattern I'm working on releasing. I've made 3 pairs for myself, and helped my sisters make two other pairs, so all in all, I've practically made the pattern up 5 times! That is the most I have EVER made of a garment from one pattern!


    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Thanks, Brigid!

      And I've enjoyed seeing all the incarnations of the Palazzo pants you have all worn! :-) I don't wear pants, but those are enough to make me contemplate changing my mind.... ;-)

  5. Whatever your reservations, I think this looks fabulous! And those shoes are divine.

  6. The dress looks very nice to me. And fabulous shoes!!! :)




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