Map Dress and Landscape Brooches

I’m close to being done with this dress.

I have been prototyping the brooches. First in tissue paper and then with wool felt and embroidery.

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Map of Paris Dress

old gold velvet  map fabric
I found this old gold velvet map fabric online. It’s got a bit of stretch to it and has a nice heavy substantial weight to it. I decided to use a pattern from The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room to whip it up into a fluffy little party dress. Crinolines! Will be needed! OH YES!


I added pockets, too. <-- possibly a mistake. Also, it was possibly a mistake to use this heavy fabric for what is supposed to be a flirty party dress. Anyhoo... I'm working on some fitting. The lower part of the torso needs to be lengthened and the bodice strap is making me twitchy. I had all sorts of ideas for incorporating some sort of Ardiuno into this dress. Upon further consideration I realize this would be distracting and TOO MUCH. I will be adding some embroidery to it, however.

The Arduino powered dress will come later and needs more thought.

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Forest Dress

I finally finished the Forest Dress. I started sewing this dress about 5 years ago when my son was a baby.  The fabric is Timeless Treasures vintage lawn that I found in a thrift shop, or maybe I bought it at the Oakland White Elephant Sale. The black trim is an old black sheet that I repurposed into various things. The dress lining (skirt and front bodice only) is a really pretty black on black striped lawn.


I’ve not been slacking in the sewing dept. for 5 years. This just got wadded up and put in a box and I forgot about it. It’s more a testament to ADHD. I love to start things and once I have the basic idea out there I get bored of it. Details! Annoying, annoying details!

When I started getting obsessed with combining sewing and thinking about landscape design I remembered it and pulled it out. Since it was already started I figured I could finish it up real quick. Of course, that didn’t happen. I started 2 other dresses in the middle of it (again?!) and THEN… horror of horrors, I accidentally locked my cat in my studio and um… let’s just say that my cat destroyed the pattern pieces.

I (mostly) used McCall’s M4769 for this dress and since I have made other dresses with this pattern I was able to reverse engineer the missing pieces.

I can tell I started this dress right when I got my serger. I serged the skirt seems with elastic thread I was using to sew myself some bathing suits at the same time. ahahaha. WHY?! Probably I did this because threading elastic nylon thread into a serger is a huge pain.

Girl in Landscape - Forest Dress

Fabrics: vintage lawn – brown blue and black forest scene, old black sheet, trim: striped lining: black striped lawn
Notions: vintage pearly shank buttons
Pattern: partially McCall’s M4769, partially my own slopers, partial some reverse engineered/jiggered pieces
Time to sew: oh, about 5 years. :D
Theme: Vintage forests.

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