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There is something about wax prints that just screams “HAVE A GOOD TIME” to me. Maybe that’s why I sent Oona a few yards of this gold peanut print beauty for our Sew Bossy exchange – Oona IS good times personified.

That is also why when I decided to make a very very VERY last minute dress for New Year’s, I turned to the scant 2 yards I had left to make something. Something short. Something cleavagey. Something New Yearsy. Now, I know it is now April 24th, and New Years happened many moons ago, but I realized I haven’t posted this guy yet. And I have a backlog of projects to be photographed so in the meantime…

In a shocking turn of events, I added an exposed zipper. I think I might be close to over this detail now. Almost every dress I’ve ever made has had one.

Now, it’s been so long since this  dress was made I don’t remember what pattern I used on the bust. But it was just a simple sheath dress from my stash, nothing spesh. I added a circle skirt, just barely eking it out of the little material I had left. I lined it in a rayon bemberg. if I remember correctly, I finished it about 20 minutes before i was supposed to leave for my party. If memory serves, I had a wonderful, drunken night and danced until sweaty and kicked 2012 in it’s lousy ass.

Then came home (*intoxicated*) to a burgled home.

Maybe that’s why I kept postponing posting this dress. Bad memories.

But I’ve worn it since and tis a fun party frock and doesn’t deserve to be put in the naughty chair because of some jerk with a hammer, amiright?

In other news, I received a surprise prezzie from Sarah at Pattern Vault this week. She had actually mailed it to me in February but in my moving madness I gave her the wrong address and it didn’t get rerouted back to her until last week. Imagine my UTTER DELIGHT, JOY AND WONDER when I opened it to find this:

Why yes readers, that is a HAND TRACED copy of a 1930’s Vionnet pattern I had innocently adored on her blog, not remembering that our sewing pals are the types of people to HAND TRACE VINTAGE VIONNET PATTERNS FOR YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LOVELIEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. How rad is this dress? The beauty on the left is going to be something silk and bias cut the moment I finish this new, for the moment secret project I am working on. A project I hope you will all get to enjoy very soon.

In the meantime, Argo and I have a belated date. Work has been crazy (I flew to Toronto today to meet with our new, amazing cafe client) and I need a lay down and a brain break. Hope spring is a spring in your step.

  • Nay

    Oh no! I suppose it’s a big night for crime, you can pretty much assure peeps will be out partying and their homes left unattended 🙁 Love your dress, I’m glad you posted it. The fabric is so perfect for a party dress, looking forward to seeing what you do with the scraps!

  • Love the dress! Very pretty! And I still love the exposed zip. I want one on everything!

  • veronicadarling

    Love that pattern and shape of dress! Sad face for being burgled though!

  • asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk

    Shame about the bad memories associated with this dress, but it’s gorgeous and you need to wear it loads! I’m intrigued about your secret project too…sneaky sneak ;o) And wowzers, that 30s pattern is to die for!

  • Peter

    Next time you’re in NYC, I’m treating you to the invisible zipper of your choice!

  • sallieforrer

    Classic party frock!! With golden peanuts to boot!! Totally understandable that the dress got the naughty chair – bad memories are hard to wash out! Also, how awesome is that hand traced 1930’s pattern?? Gaaah, so gorgeous! Bias and buttons….

  • Gorgeous! What a fun dress! You are one hot tamale, girl!

  • This dress IS fun! I love the pattern combo with the polka-dot tights!

  • Ooooo lookin’ fancy!!! I love that fabric. It’s just so cool! Normally I’m not much a fan of exposed zipper but yours looks phenomenal with this dress. Way cool. In fact, you and Oona are pretty much THE coolest. Can’t wait to see what you do with that wonderfully traced 30s dress pattern 🙂

  • Looks great on you ,fits like a glove, so sorry that you got burgled!

  • Kazz

    Hot diggitty damn, you’re looking spicy girl, love a good wax print, fabric and cut combo=WIN! Exposed zip! double win. Looking forward to seeing the silk and bias cut secret project. Sounds like a winner already.

  • Wow, that looks hot 🙂

  • Katy

    Ok, I’m officially in love with wax prints, you look amazing! good luck with the 30’s pattern, how lovely is that?

  • Amy

    And your signature zipper! Adorable. That’s a really wonderful gift from Sarah. I do hope you tackle it. That’s gold sewing :). Hmmm, I really liked Argo. All the more after watching his ecstatic speech.

  • The pattern was meant as a feel-better-post-burglary present, but the postal system got in the way.. Glad it came through in the end, though! I can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

  • Zoe

    The dress is gorgeous, I’m in love with the fabric. I’ll have to try wax print sometime.

  • i just came by to find a link for a post and WHAT. i never hollered on this? was i drunk?

    i’ve imagined us meeting up in our wax prints and waving at staring passersby. we have to change those dress memories, cause it rocks.