Remember when you were a teenager and you watched The Cosby Show and stared at Denise without blinking wishing you had a wardrobe full of clothes like hers? That was me too. Sew Weekly asked us to pick a TV character that we admired and sew an outfit based on them, I did my best Denise last year. I was thinking about the wardrobe of a more current Tv character that I admired and Carrie from Sex and the City came to mind. Yep! I’m a big fan of Sex and the City even the crappy movies, LOVED it all. I watched every episode front to back, loved the writing, loved each of the girls characters, loved the relationships they all endured, but most of all, I loved the fashion and with Patricia Field waving her magic fashion wand over the wardrobe department how could you not. I chose this dress it’s an Alexander McQueen. I know it’s a little advantageous of me to even go there however, I took the silhouette and kind of just ran with it. I contemplated adding those tucks you see on Carries dress but refrained in the end, there was every chance of the fabric looking like it was tucked into my knickers.
I’m not too sure if you like a cowl neck, I love them; especially in winter the bigger and more dramatic the better. I can imagine the cowl on Carrie’s dress possibly being all one piece? but then again it could be a million little pieces like a puzzle, who know’s, it’s a McQueen d a r l i n g! For my pattern choice, I gathered that a simple 60′s silhouette would suffice. I really like the cut of this pattern, particularly how the front bodice joins to the bottom half of the dress. It’s very simple in construction. I omitted the welt pockets because I had plans of inserting side pockets, I think they would of given more of a modern feel to the dress opposed to the 60′s feel the pattern possesses, unfortunately I ran out of fabric and I didn’t want to sacrifice any of the fabric from the cowl, the bigger the better right!?
This fabric is the business, it reminded me of this Vivienne Westwood print. I spied it with my little beady eye in Spotlight and pounced, I’m a pouncer are you pouncer? or do you walk up slowly, stroke the fabric, flip the price tag, give an agreeable nod, raise your eyebrows, smile and walk off calmly with the bolt under you arm? I know your type, you’re cunning like a fox; If I the pouncer were to leave my bolt for one second you the agreeable nodder would slide on through unnoticed leaving the pouncer bewildered, sobbing all over the tacky shiny velours. I have my other beady eye on you lot, yes I do.
Have you ever hidden fabric in the store before? I have, because I’ve missed out several times. It’s just easier to hide the roll than for them to hold it for you, things get lost in that place.
So, after I had sewn the dress I was ready to install the cowl. The cowl was cut in a cone kinda shape so it fit snug around the neckline and the rest falls haphazardly around my shoulders. I would of liked to of cut the cowl from the front and back piece continuing the neckline upwards without a join, but I was working with a small piece of fabric with stretch so this seemed to be the best option. There is a zip centre back for easy access and bias binding runs around the armscye. I wore my leather biker jacket in between photos because it was so cold giving my best Fonzarelli thumbs up impression as an approval to the dress Ayyyyyyye!
I love looking at the locations a fashion photographer chooses for he’s/her editorials, you know, for idea’s and what not. This month’s Peppermint Magazine have a great fashion spread titled Big City Life the photos and locations are brilliant, they had a certain hue layered over them that made the photos just pop, I wanted to emulate that. We had some issues with the suns positioning and being only a novice with the Nikon D90 I played with the backlighting and the photos turned out like this. I placed them into photoshop put a blue layer over the top, turned the opacity down and set the blending mode to difference or exclusion— depending on what worked best. I think they turned out rather fab. The photos were snapped in Melbourne city in a laneway I wanted tall buildings around me and with the help of my rather dapper husband we found what we were looking for. If I could manage photo’s like this every week I’d be one happy camper but it doesn’t always work out that way does it? it’s rather time consuming, especially when you have the lawn mowing, grocery shopping and vacuuming to get done in the two days you have off.
Back to the dress; I liked the finished dress, just didn’t love it. It needed something else. The hood is an optional bonus but something was missing. I went thrifting and sifted through the $1 belts and found this little beauty, I cut the excess off and made a neat insertion along the neck seam of the dress for the belt to travel through. Now it’s finished *dusts hands* a rockin piece of hardware for the dress. I might go and see if they have a slither of this fabric left in Spotlight for the pockets. Damn! I should of hidden the roll.
Date with the night- Yeah Yeah Yeahs