howdy! Well, I'm back from my annual vacation/hiatus/break/sabbatical/travel-time, feeling relaxed & ready for a slew of spring sewing. This is also the time of year when I try out new designs (& make myself some new frocks for the coming year: can't keep mending the old ones forever), so I thought I'd show off what I'm working up: (click any image to open a zoomed, slideshow view)
This new dress design has a just-deep-enough V-neckline in front + back (perfect for breathability but not so deep/wide that it slips around/off), with cap-length shoulder coverage & bust-line shaping darts. The bottom/skirt is full & gathered, with a HUGE patch pocket on this one (thinking that 2 smaller pockets on the sides/hips would also be super). The matching belt is nice & wide, with rounded edges & pairs of long, ribbon-style ties = structured but still soft enough & fully adjustable for my fatter//thinner days. I fussy-cut this version to make the most of the woven, quilter-cotton fabric's border print of forest-at-dusk = love the Eco-Goth vibe = I'll be sporting this all summer long, for sure. I'll also be naming & adding this one to the Dress Design pages, as soon as I make a few more versions to show options.
So, in case you can't tell, I've been studying/obsessed with forest ecology + logging history (my winter reading topics this year), hence the spate of wood-themed prints. This one is a log-print (another woven quilter-cotton) that's a bit busy, so I kept the look clean & simple: fitted bodice with a high & slightly-rounded boatneck, short sleeves, and a gathered, 6-gore skirt with hidden side-seam pockets. I like a looser fit for spring/summer, so I kept this one looser through the waist (6"+ of wearing ease) & like how it works with a range of belts to cinch in the waist.
Using the same print (see above) in a brown color way, I kind of went to the other extreme: using lots of design details plus an accent print (woodgrain) to amp up the style. This classic 50's shirtwaist dress design (based on a vintage pattern shown here, scroll down to Jan 29 order) has a full-button front (using vintage buttons), large fold-over or stand-up collar, shaping pleats at front shoulders and front + back waistline, a-line skirt/bottom with generous hip pockets (trimmed with flaps), and a wide belt. I made this one sleeveless (because I ran out of fabric :-( ) but I really like the proportions & look for spring/summer. Thinking this style could also be cute with topstitching or rick rack replacing the contrast-trim on the collar & pockets...
... and now for something completely different: a classic, late-1940's design with crisply pointed collar and sleeve cuffs, plus point-folded patch pockets on the chest & hip. This one was a little more labor-intensive (there's topstitching on all hems/edges to add structure & shaping), but I thought that this vintage-1960's fabric from my stockpile (a mid-weight, woven rayon print) needed an amazing design to match its vibe. Trimmed it out with vintage 1950's buttons all up the front & a tie-belt to keep it fitted but still loose through the bust & hips.
Hi there: I'm Lucy & I'm the one-women behind the HissyFit business/label/ dressmaking empire.