Monday, 14 March 2011

Orange Crush

 
I'm really enjoying the Me-Made-March challenge, it's been a real incentive to dig out my half-finished creations and get back into my attempts at dressmaking.



I made this dress with the 1965 Jiffy pattern I bought from the Salvation Army on Friday along with a vintage textured satin curtain from a jumble sale. 



As it only consists of two pattern pieces the dress took less than a couple of hours to cut out and sew. The pattern and the fabric cost a combined total of 40p so even if it had gone totally wrong I'd not have lost anything.


Being a bit dim I never noticed that the pattern was Medium/Large but with a stragetically placed belt it's not too bad. In fact the wide shoulders give it an almost futuristic feel.





I'm kicking the platfoms off and accessorising my new frock with a head scarf and a pinny. There's a tatty old sewing stool crying out for a revamp and I'm just in the mood to get down and dirty with it.

71 comments:

  1. good luck with that cute little stool!
    i love this dress, well done, and i think it looks grand with the belt to cinch it in :) xx

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  2. Gorgeous! It looks fine in the large with the belt - yes very futuristic Logan's Run style! And I love the orange with the indigo!

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  3. Love the orange I think its looks lovely with dark hair xx

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  4. My goodness that is a fab dress. Everytime I see a nice cutain material I think of turning it into something to wear heheheheh.
    looking forward to see your next dress. Loving yor belt, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Mil besos GUAPA!!!!

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  5. Finally being brave enough to comment :) Been following for quite a while!
    I love the way you manage to sniff out the bargains, inspired me to charity shop more!
    I love this dress, the colour is amazing! Loving the contrast between the dress and the tights too.
    Sophie
    x

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  6. Again I'm jealous of your creativeness! I decided to order that book and it arrived today so watch this space! Also been looking at Jiffy patterns on ebay as the two piece ones would probably be within my capabilities....maybe :)

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  7. I love that belt, and the perfect minimalism of the dress. The color cheers me, too -- makes me want a cool citrusy drink on a warm beach.

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  8. Love the orange dress, Vix! It looks great on you.
    Like many have said before, I'm amazed and in awe of how you manage to find so many bargains - think I may have to take a trip up your neck of the woods!
    xo

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  9. Your dressmaking is always so wonderful to see Vix and you really can not go wrong with 40p worth of materials.
    Such a fabulous colour too xxx

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  10. Agree with Kellywelly, I could be tempted to attempt a 2 piece pattern - especially with results like that! Loving the rock chick styling too

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  11. Glorious use of color! My memademarch has consisted of me throwing a lot of stuff about in tantrum - but at least it got all the old sewing nearly-there's out in the open to be done at some point sooooon. It's a reassuring inspiration to see what you've done with the challenge. O.My.G. You look absolutely brilliant in this combo!

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  12. Radiant color for a start of the week!!
    I'm amazed and fascinated by all of your sewing and styling abilities!!!!

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  13. Vix, is there a colour you don't look good in?

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  14. Well I'll be - old curtains never looked so good! What a masterpiece of a dress and you look wonderful in orange - love the combination with indigo!

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  15. Love the frock Vix. I`d like to have a go at something like that.
    Dx

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  16. 40p worth of material wow! That looks fabulous, can't wait to see the outcome of the stool, bet you'll do a stellar job!

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  17. love love love, such a vibrant colour! I am loving your me-made march!

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  18. How on earth does everything look twice as exotic here than they could have anywhere else?!

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  19. Yes, Logans Run! Love the belt, I am now seeing curtains in a whole new light, well if it's good enough for Scarlett and The Von Trapps....
    XXX

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  20. Dress looks great. The fabric is a wonderful colour and it looks like it'll have a great texture. You are really suiting these short dresses and platforms. Down and dirty made me giggle (so immature). x

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  21. That shade of orange is PERFECTION on you! I love when you wear bright colors. They are so striking on you, especially with your long dark hair. :)

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  22. I'm thinking Sixties Courreges. Maybe Quant. That futuristic boxy feel. But with white tights and PVC boots!

    You can take the girl out of the 60s but you can't.........

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  23. Totally love this Orange number. Paired with purple tights - Genius! :)

    Tanvi
    from © tanvii.com

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  24. Your looking radiantly bella.
    so creative you look more of a 60's Vixen.
    those heels are killer grey.
    ay, making me crave orange soda amor.
    cant wait to see what you do to the stool, I love it just the way it is.

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  25. Hi my dear-wonderful colour and a lovely chic style too, well done indeed, looking gorgeous as ever!! xxx

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  26. Dearest Vix, what a fabulous colour! Love the dress. Again, wish I could bloody sew a button on! The belt looks great with it.

    And what a fantastic pair of pins you have. Much love, C xx

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  27. you look so vitaminic in that orange frock, such a bright color! and I'm astonished by your sewing ability! (love your frock, and the bag you made with the 70's curtains!!)
    besos

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  28. love the combination of orange n purple plus the big belt... superb! cant believe you made this dress with your hands.. inspiring!!

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  29. Wow... that dress looks fab on you and is very 'of the moment' too. The colour really does suit you as it brings out the colour of your eyes. x

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  30. Great colour dress! I envy your motivation to get projects completed x

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  31. Ooh lovely dress!! Not bad for 40p!! xx

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  32. Jeaz I wish I had the experience to make a dress in a few hours. If so I would probably have a closet full by now. LOL

    I really like your dress Vix nice job. And that sewing stool you found... Its gorgeous!

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  33. Gorgeous VIx, bright and breezy. Love that it is a bit bigger as it looks great with the belt and I'm a big fan of oversized on garments like this dress.

    I laughed at your brilliant comment ref heels after your poor hip! I've got to come and see the heels and cobbles in action xx

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  34. Vix you are so talented I wish I could sew .. you look amazing xx

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  35. Jeez,you are legendary! Y'know,the sizing isn't too bad with the belt,as you say! You could still run it in a bit,anyway!I love those textured curtains-a great use for one of them! You're looking dead gorgeous,today,incidentally.But then,when aren't you?!The shoes are sexy as!!! EEK! I don't think they're high enough,though.hahha
    Go for that sewing stool,honey,make it beautiful with the Vix touch!!!
    Love you! xxxXXXxxx Helga

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  36. that colour looks fab with your dark hair ..and i love it with the navy tights to..
    you've done another amazing job making the dress.. i love the way the shoulders are a bit wide .. it looks like its meant to be !!
    well done love!!

    charl
    x

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  37. Wonderful, Vix. I think the slightly larger size is quite perfect here, giving it a nice spacious kaftan feel. xxx

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  38. Ooohhh cant wait to see what you do with the sewing box thats lovely i bought something very similar for my mum for christmas that i found in a junk yard. Love your dress to you are so lucky in that you can wear any colour and you look amazing in. have a lovely week, dee xx

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  39. I love the colour orange, so bright and chirpy. I need some of it myself, wouldn't you know it, first day of working for myself and I've caught a cold! xx

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  40. Excellent frock Vix. It's such a long time since I made myself anything, you're making me want to sew. I can't wait to see what happens to the sewing box.

    I think I found that vintage shop in Worcester at the weekend, the one you mentioned before? I couldn't afford anything other than a scarf, it was nice though. xxx

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  41. Awesome dress there. The belt looks great with it... but loving the shoes to most. x

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  42. Love the frock.

    Adore the shoes more!

    x x x

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  43. Oh I love it! The sizing actually really works - the shoulders look really designery and structured.

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  44. LOVE the belt! and the dress... and the shoes... I could just about steal your whole wardrobe, EVERY POST! Love the sewing stool too, I found a great version of one in a 70s magazine which I wish were around today, it has a sort of bucket as the base and a smaller compartment on top which you can take out and carry around with you, and they came in lots of different colours. Although for my sewing stash I'd need a barrel rather than a mere bucket...

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  45. That colour really suits you and check out those pins!! As ever you look gorgeous and your Me Made March posts are making me so jealous. I have got to find the time to sew. L x

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  46. I love that outfit, its very pretty and the colour suits you :)
    xxx

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  47. I love it! I would never have thought of putting those tights with the dress but the colours look great together. You have a great eye xx

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  48. I love this dress Vix it looks fantastic on you! xxx

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  49. You are so bloody clever! The frock is fab and I agree that the size is actually pretty good and I also like the way the shsoulders sit - it's kinda like 'the future' costumes from the 60s. You look beautiful and I love your colour combo. Inspired.

    I can't wait to see what fabulousness you conjure for that sewing thing!

    Sarah xxx

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  50. I love the dress you made and can think of about a zillion ways to style it. Too easy.

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  51. Vix, I positively love the color combo. You are looking very space age!

    xo Bonnie

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  52. Genius! Another great outfit and those shoes... worth the wince it gave me to imagine walking in them.

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  53. That is one glorious shade of orange and combined with purple tights, looks so stunning. by the way, the Simplicity pattern I ordered from ebay arrived and it has 8 pieces. its so confusing!!
    can you recommend few Simplicity patterns which just need 2-3 pieces and are perfect for beginners?

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  54. You look "freshly squeezed!" I love the shift on you- bright colors are keeping my spirits bright. The sewing stool looks lovely and I can hardly wait to see what you do to it. -Bella Q
    Enter to Win My Shabby Apple Dress Give-Away- the Citizen Rosebud

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  55. Ok do tell me what you dont look good in.lol

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  56. I think the dress turned out great! It drapes really well on you, so I didn't even notice that the size was actually too big. Plus, that belt gives it a great shape as well. Loving the mixture of colours in your outfit!

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  57. Wow! Your use of curtains is fantastic, love this and the green dress posted earlier. Great work!

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  58. Love the colour and style of that dress! It looks great in contrast to the dark tights and shoes. I'm looking forward to see what you do with your new sewing stool! xxx

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  59. That dress is brilliant and the fabric suits the simple cut so well! xxx

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  60. Clever you! The waffle texture is great. And it looks great OS. Futuristic for sure
    x

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  61. Oh my, the colour of that dress!! I love the wide shoulders and you rock that look. Thank you for more inspiration to sew!! Xxoxox

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  62. Gorgeous colour! Looks fab on you. Love your sewing box, looking forward to seeing what you do with it ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

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  63. I'm ALL about orange! You and I share similar coloring and orange really suits us. Again, I'm crushing seriously over that belt...that is just the most gorgeous creation! ~Serene

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  64. You look great in this - love it teamed with the purple. Please show us what you do with the little sewing table!

    Ali x

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  65. Adore the vibrant orange hue on you!

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  66. Pretty dress, great sewing, love how any outfit can be fixed with a belt! :)

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  67. Love the orange with your hair. Thanks for your comment on my newly darkened hair - the Flash on my crappy camera makes it look just the same as before but it's actually a really dark brown and I love it. xx

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  68. this light yellow orange looks so fab on you!

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