Monday, July 29, 2013

Vogue 2960 and Fun with Photoshop

Here is Vogue 2960 in a floral polished cotton.  It is fully lined in a polyester/silky black lining.    Here I am in a Paris street frolicking in my retro dress and heels.
Here is the back of the dress where I am still in the same sunny street in Paris.  Sort of.  The photo was actually taken in what used to be our spare bedroom in front of a green screen.
I have been looking at all of the lovely pictures people from exotic places take of them in their dresses, so I thought I would try my hand at photoshop to put myself somewhere nicer.  I actually live in Phoenix (where it is currently 348 degrees F in the shade) in a house on a lot with no back yard to speak of and even if it were cool enough to take photos, the best I could do is our dead garden for a backdrop.  We don't start planting until the end of October when it cools off, which is no good for photos

Here is the pattern cover for Vogue 2960.
I made this dress before - it was two years ago when I first started sewing.  I remember spending weeks on it and in the end it didn't fit right, it didn't look good and the inside was an utter mess.  I was so frustrated by the bound button holes.

This time went much better! Here are the bound button holes.  They aren't perfect, but I am happy with them.
Here is the inside of the dress.  I still had some issues with getting the button holes straight (let alone the bound part), but this version is so much nicer.  I still think that the instructions for this dress are confusing.  No wonder this didn't turn out when I tried to sew it.  You really have to already know how to do these techniques to understand the instructions.
I was going to sew some horsehair in the hem, but the cotton is so stiff I just ended up folding the hem over twice.  I serged the bottom of the lining. It took about a day and a half to make.
Details:
6 yards of polished cotton from SAS: 24.00
5 yards of black lining from fabric.com: 5.00
Buttons from JoAnns: 3.00
Total: $32.00
Here is what it actually looked like when we took the photos for this dress.
...and one more photo of the dress in a place I have never been.

13 comments:

  1. This dress is gorgeous, I must give this pattern another try too. I'm very impressed by your bound buttonholes. And I love the photos!

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    1. I would definitely try it again. You would knock it out of the park.

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  2. You inspire me to try this pattern.

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    1. DO IT! It is a really rewarding dress to sew. Totally impractical and yet another dress I can't wear to work, but worth it.

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  3. Love the dress and love the photoshop. I need to learn how to do that lol https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    1. Not only can you place yourself in exotic locations,but in my case, you can can also shave off excess arm fat. FACT.

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  4. Beautiful...Stunning. May i ask what would i have to change size wise in the pattern as i am a size 14/16

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    1. It actually has that size in the pattern. You can order it from Vogue's site.

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  5. Great dress is such a beautiful choice of fabric, thanks for sharing!

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  6. That neckline is inspired! Beautiful. I actually thought you were in Paris in the first pic - how fun :)

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    1. I like the back of it... It does mean I can't possibly wear it to work, but in truth, that isn't the only thing that makes it a non-work dress. The yards of fabric might have something to do with it, as well. Thanks!

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