7.15.2015

A new dress named Monet. Pattern a, 'Stylish Dress Book' by Yoshiko Tsukiori

I adore my new dress!
My new dress is so very loved that I felt it deserved a special location to be photographed.  Welcome to the Central History Museum!   Located in the heart of the charming small-town of Central, South Carolina this museum is housed in a delightful old home that was built in 1893 by Jeptha and Minnie Morgan.
I love old homes, don't you?!
Could there be anything more charming than an old-time Southern quintessential rocking chair front porch. 
The museum is only open on Sundays, but their grounds have been turned into lovely botanical gardens.....
.....with delightful statues.....
'Having Fun'
.....and barn quilts.  It was a delight to be here this (very hot) July morning!
This dress is another Pattern A, from 'Stylish Dress Book' by Yoshiko Tsukiori.  This pattern fits me well. 
The lovely Silky Print, 100% polyester fabric was purchased at Joann's.   This is where I realized my iPhone camera would be handy to take a photo of the fabric bolt information to be able to refer back to in the future.  Brilliant idea, if I do say so myself.  I'm trying to remember to do that with all new fabric purchases.  Anyway, I only paid $6.50 per yard for this luscious fabric because Joann's was having a 50% off sale this day.  This pretty dress only needs 2 yards.  $13.00 was the cost of my new dress.
A few construction details that I changed from the Pointillism Dress, my dress from the same pattern/book..... was to change the back pleat to a box pleat.  Took in the same width in the back, just flipped the pleat.  The front is gathered as per the pattern instructions, instead of pleated like the modification in the pointillism dress.  I gathered this neckline differently than what I've done in the past by loosening my tension dial.  Kept the same stitch length, but with a loose tension it was easy to gather and the smaller stitches gave it a prettier gathered look than how I'd been doing in the past by lengthening by stitch length or zigzagging over a thread.  Pretty proud of the neckline binding as this fabric is lovely to look at and lovely to touch and has a lovely drape..... but is one big p-a-i-n to sew with!  The edges frayed/shredded like crazy so my great idea to use french seams AND add in-seam pockets changed to add in-seam pockets and serge all the seams.  
Thanks to the lovely Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn's well-written and photographed tutorial of how to add In-Seam Pockets.... these were a cinch!  Why, oh why did I think adding in-seam pockets would be so difficult!  Now I shall be adding them to EVERYTHING!  :)
A back view.....   oh, I also added a self-fabric tie belt just like the pointillism dress, with the exception that I squared the tie-ends off here.  This dress was lengthened about 3/8" too.
Love it!
And don't you think the name Monet is appropriate?  Reminded me of some of his paintings.
Now I shall tell you the rest of the story.  Today began with the idea that I needed a contrast background for my pretty dress.  I was afraid I would blend in with the landscape otherwise.  So I chose a white historic little church..... looks more like a little chapel.... that I thought would be appropriate because this dress was made to add to my church-going clothing needs.  When I got to the little church, there were a few cars in the parking lot.  Decided it would be a good idea to get permission before beginning any photography, so I sought out the church secretary and told her my little story.  Now keep in mind I absolutely do not feel comfortable taking my pictures in public..... and here I am explaining to this woman how I make my clothes to be photographed for an internationally read blog, and could I please take a few pictures at the front of her very pretty church.  She said 'no'.  She'd have to have the pastor's permission and the pastor was out-of-town and unavailable.  Soooooooo..... awkward!!  When I am embarrassed I either become very quiet, or chatter away.  Evidently today was a chatter day and I found myself telling her that I used to be the pianist for over 8 years at one of this church's sister church.  She begins to sit up a little straighter and says "you play the piano?"  And with that, she tells me the church she attends is looking for a pianist and would I please apply for the position!!!  She then apologizes for not feeling like she can allow me to take photographs at this church..... but by the way she's a member of the Central Museum board and she gives me full approval to take all the photographs I want there.  She was to even call ahead, just in case someone was there doing paperwork, to let them know I was allowed full access to the grounds.   Turned out oh-so-nice, but I will probably never consider taking photographs on private property ever, ever, (ever!) again. 

And after having lunch with my sweet husband, I found this tucked away in my car.  :)
So all's good!

20 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to take pictures of your pretty dress. I agree with you about the "silkies" from Joann's. They look & feel nice, but I hate to sew them.

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    1. This one was especially aggravating because not only did the edges fray almost immediately after cutting, but the fabric sort of retracted and changed shape too. But after dealing with all the negatives..... it is such a dream to wear! Thank you Beverly!

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  2. It's lovely, Lisa. Monet is one of my favorite artists so I'm inclined to love the fabric :) So, are you going to apply for the pianist position???

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    1. He's one of mine too! Playing the piano professionally is a closed chapter for me now. Let me tell you though, it was tempting because I LOVED every minute when I played! But we recently joined a church we truly love and I love sitting on the pew with my family. And if we need to slip out of town over a weekend to check on Tom's mom, it's no big deal. :)

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  3. What a nice story! I am glad it turned out so well, the photos are beautiful! And the dress is too. The fabric print is really gorgeous and has such a nice drape! And last but not least I love the dress you made from it!

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    1. It was fun to share my little story of what the day held 'behind' the photos. Thank you so much Katharina! :)

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  4. The dress is so pretty - and it is very Monet. The deeper, cooler colours suit you, and the peaceful print suits your more introspective nature. You made the right decision to serge the edges and get them under control pronto.

    What a story about the church - I agree, I would find it difficult to ask to take pictures as well. What a pity you couldn't - but an ironic ending :). Maybe a whole new chapter in life will emerge from this encounter...

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    1. I am trying to work on my construction techniques and sort of struggled with 'settling' for serging the seams so am glad to hear you think it was a decision well made. No more playing the piano for me professionally anytime in the near future! Who knows what the future may hold..... but now I enjoy not being tied to such a structured schedule. Thank you! :)

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  5. What a wondeful dress, Lisa! The print is beautiful and the colours suit you so well! Surely, it was the only way to treat the fabric by serging immediately!
    Such a nice story about taking your pictures! I can see why you won't play the piano and prefer being with your family instead! Have a nice time, SaSa

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  6. Gorgeous dress and fabric! I enjoyed reading your post and love all the beautiful pictures :)

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  7. Your dress turned out just lovely! Great idea to take a picture of the information on the fabric bolt. Afterwards you always wonder ... but now no more. I love that you always share a bit about your life in your posts.

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    1. Thank you Kathrin! I wondered if I should share so much, as it was 'off-topic' of sewing, but know I enjoy learning about other's lives and a little about where they live too. Those pictures of the fabric bolt information have already been so helpful! No more relying on memory. :)

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  8. HI Lovely Lisa! You dress is so pretty! It fits you wonderfully! Great job! Weird about the church, but everything turned out nice in the end! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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    1. To tell you the truth, I really did not expect her to tell me 'no'. Was really quite stunned she said 'no', even after I explained I wanted to include historical information about the church in my post.... dressed as I was.... really??!! Thank you Felecia! Blessings back to you! :)

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  9. Your dress is so lovely on you Lisa! such pretty summery fabric and looks like the very perfect thing for a hot day. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous :) I love the stylish dress books too; have every intention of making many more things from it too. We'll be twinsies!
    I can imagine how you felt when the lady said "no" how awful! I too try to stick to deserted and public places when taking pictures for that very reason, it's intimidating enough as it is without people even unintentionally making you feel even more embarrassed for it. The things we do! but finally we're all just trying to have fun with it, aren't we? I just tell myself as long as I'm still having fun then ok, otherwise I'll just stop.

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    1. Twinsies with you?!! The ultimate compliment!!! Seriously, yes, it is all for fun and a great learning experience for me on all sorts of different levels. Every time I've gotten out and away to take photographs, I have (usually!) had the best experience(s) interacting with other folks or being a part of the nature around me. Think I'll be sticking to my nature backgrounds for a while now. Thanks so much Carolyn! :)

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  10. Lovely, lovely dress, that suits you perfectly. The fabric looks beautiful too, but so difficult to tackle. However your creation looks like you got the better of it. It's a pity that the lady refused permission, however the Central Museum background looks perfect, and I suspect she regretted her over-hasty decision.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a note.~Lisa

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