Something about the 1940's and the 1950's evokes the most feelings of patriotism. No doubt it has to do with WWII and the fable "Golden Era" that followed. When I think of dressing up to show pride in my country my mind wanders to victory rolls, red lipstick and winged eyeliner. It was with that frame of mind that I chose my dress for our annual 4th of July festivities this year. I was yearning for something wearable yet vintage inspired and maybe even a bit on the campy side. Enter my red, white and blue Colette Lily. Since, as I've already mentioned, I'm going to be hot as you-know-what on the Fourth, I got dressed up for a special photo session with my girls today. As dressed up as I could. I wasn't going to curl my hair or anything. psh. I will look nowhere near as put together this Wednesday.
As for the sizing....since my last two Colette patterns turned out so big, I decided to re-measure myself. Lo and behold, I dropped from a size 10 to a size 8. I can't lie...I was a bit shocked. I cut a straight size 8 but old me got the better of...um...me and I reduced the seam allowances while I was sewing up the skirt. Not a good idea, because when I had it all constructed I tried it on and found it about a half an inch to large. I had to go back and re-sew the correct SA. Moral of the story? Trust your measurements.
This dress marked the first time I used an invisible zipper foot. What the hell took me so long?! This zipper was a freakin piece of cake to sew and for the first time (despite numerous attempts) my waist seams line up perfectly. As for embelishments, I didn't get a good picture, but there are little star buttons on the pocket flaps.
|Pure narcissism. Sorry. ;)|
All in all, I am super pleased with this dress. It delivers the perfect dose of "I <3 America" that I wanted and is still cute and fun.