Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chrissie

Hey there beautiful people! How have you been?

We've been having some mightily good weather and my garden has gone bananas! Nasturtiums, snapdragons, daisies, jasmine and more to come! Hopefully we can have a night stretch of this weather before the reliable spring rain comes in a few weeks

I also have 3 new dresses to show you! Oh yes 3! Two of them were made a few months ago, but I saved them for this article feature on The Makes Society

I much prefer to collaborate and share with fellow Aussie bloggers and peeps and bring them too the wider world, so any chance to support my fellow countryman I'll jump at the chance! 

I've also been trying to power through my massive pile of books - So far I've read The BIBA experience (which is if course amazing) and I'm currently reading through "Sixties Fashion" which I'll give you a review of when I'm done.

So lets take a look now at this sugary sweet number shall we? 

Chrissie is named after the lovely Chrissie Shrimpton. Sister of Jean Shrimpton, girlfriend of Mick Jagger and Steve Marriot, Chrissie's style tended to be child-like and sweet, much like this smock dress in Butterick 6959 from the 70's




Here is Chrissie with Steve in a similar floral dress and cute block heels



Butterick 6959 is actually a maternity dress, but I simply pulled the sides in a little to take out some of the fullness. 

It still is quite full, but I kinda like that puffiness that comes with smock style dresses


The gathered bust line sits above the bust so that there is plenty of room for babies, or in my case, food babies and the back has a gathered line as well around the shoulder blades. 


  

I cut the dress a lot shorter then normal, which means I probably won't wear it to work, but its perfectly fine for shopping or parties or staying at home!


The pockets were a new style for me - they have a gathered top, which sits under a bound cuff so the pocket puffs out a little


The sleeves feature a puffed shoulder and a bishop style buttoned cuff. I seem to have a few projects on the list with this sort of cuff so hopefully I'm a pro a cuffs and plackets by the end of the year!


I screwed up the facing there at the back... but don't tell anyone! 


Quite a cutie of a dress! The fabric is another of those awesome florals that I bought from Lincraft. I have a green one left and then that's it! I'll have to find a new cheap reliable source of floral cotton - any suggestions?

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! And that the rest of this week is kind to you

Thanks for visiting my dears! 

Cat xo

34 comments:

  1. Your Chrissie dress is a dream, dear Catherine, and you in it. I'm happy to know spring is being kind so far and allowing your garden to grow and burst forth with flowers. You should take a picture of it and post it here.

    Your sewing talent amazes me, dear friend Cat. Stay well and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you! Oh that would have been such a good idea. I did after all post a picture of my after I had planted them didn't i? Most of them have had their glory. Just waiting for the seedlings to do something other then be green!

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  2. Your new dress looks very cute! I love the cuffs and the fabric. I have a pattern, very similar to this one,from a german burda magazin.

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    1. Thank you! I love theses sorts of cuffs, but the other day I wished I kid kept this fabric for something. I could buy more fabric, but I think I should just try to be more creative for the new pattern!

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  3. Chrissie is a beauty and almost identical to the inspiration except, my dear, I think you look more lovely than the 1960s version!
    Please, please, please make that trouser suit, I'd love to see you rock that.
    There's a fantastic series on the BBC at the moment which you'll love. Not sure if you can access the i-player but I'm sure you'll find it on-line somewhere. Its even got Cilla showing off her Biba originals! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04j2lb4 xxx

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    1. A www thank you! I am so happy you said that =) I have so many patterns with these loose trousers - I really should give them a go one day. They only have elastic waits so it's not too hard
      And yes I saw that show. Well episode 1. I'm waiting for our internet allowance to restart for the month before I can watch the rest. I saw Cilla wardrobe! My god I'd love to just have a look in there!

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  4. Your version of Chrissie's dress looks exactly like the one in the photo with Steve! You are adorable and I love keeping up with your creations. :)

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    1. Aww thank you! I. Was really surprised to find an image which was so like the dress I had in my head. Chrissie is so adorable!

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  5. You look really cute with it
    and truth is dresses look same ^_^
    xo xo

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  6. Such a pretty dress! The blue version on the cover is very lovely too.

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    1. Thanks! And yes how awesome would this look in denim???

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  7. O, Chrissie is just dreamy, and I LOVE you in that colour!
    Fabularse pockets, what a perfect dining out frock! XXX

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    1. Thank you lovely! The pockets are super cute! I love this dress for running errands but it could be cute with some huge sandals and the boy one one arm on our way to the pub! Yum!

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  8. Your dress looks so much like Chrissie's (whom I just adore) that you could have pinched it right from the picture of her with Steve Marriott! Very pretty pockets and it looks so cute with those lovely shoes of yours! Also loved the interview and such gorgeous pictures of you!

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    1. Thank you lovely! I'm was so happy to find an image that match my dress dreams. If only I could have Steve Marriott too! Haha

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  9. Nice dress and the matching burgundy shoes <3 <3 !!!

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    1. Thank you! I often forget to wear these shoes, and they match so well!

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  10. Such a lovely dress, it looks just like Chrissie's! I have that 60s fashion book your currently reading on my birthday/christmas list. Will keep my eyes peeled for your review x

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    1. Thank you! Now if only I could use the dress to conjour up 60s Steve Marriott!

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  11. Soo adorable! Now I'm dying to try this pattern!! I love the print you've chosen!

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    1. Yes! Definitely try it! It's really cute. And perhaps the pants too?

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  12. Such a beautiful dress, I just love those smock styles (and they hide a multitude of sins which is an added bonus!). I love how well it matches your shoes too! The pocket is such a lovely detail. I'm always in awe of just how neat your sewing is when you post close ups.

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    1. Omg yes! All that work at the gym has done nout for my tum tum. Smock dresses for life! I always think my sewing is messy! So thank you for that!

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  13. THE SLEEVES! oh god, im just swooning over the slight puff in the sleeves. This is just the sweetest

    xo marlen
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    1. Hehe yes! I love puffy, bishop sleeves! They make you look a little slimmer around the shoulders somehow, which is vain I know, but that's needed on these sorts of smock dresses - which often add weight!

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  14. Oh I love Chrissie, isn't she a beauty? The sleeves and cuffs, the pockets, all the details are perfect, and such cool shoes too. xxx

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    1. Thank you!! I always forget about these shoes, but they go really well with this lovely girl. Chrissie is such an inspiration!

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  15. You really channel her look with this amazing dress!

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  16. Catherine, you did it again! Complete 60s cuteness!!!
    I especially like the sleeves and the cuffs, there's something about fabric covered buttons that makes me smile!
    I always love the way you style your creations. The shoes are just amazing and look great with your dress, as does your hair, makeup...everything. Retro chic!

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    1. Aww thank you! You're too sweet! I really only just brushed my hair! Haha but thank you. The accessories really help to complete the story!

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