You guys might recognise this flamboyant purple peacock feather print – it is the one featured in the article I wrote a while ago on pattern placement – yes, I’ve finally cut it out and sewn it up into a 70’s style dress!
Last year I made a black dress (oops – unblogged!) in a similar style, and always intended to make a print version too – but I could never find the ‘right’ groovy print.
Then one day sorting through my stash – as you do – I rediscovered this feather print. I had initially assigned it to a gorgeous vintage 50’s ruched dress pattern. It was all tied up with the pattern and the zip ready to go, but the reality was that I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing it. I suddenly visualised it in this style and ventured boldly ahead!
My black dress has a straight 3/4 sleeve, but I gave this style a bell sleeve as I thought the fabric lent itself to a boho vibe.
The fabric itself is a Tory Burch silk cotton damask from The Fabric Store in Auckland. It’s a gorgeous quality – it is really lightweight but not at all sheer, and so nice to wear next to the skin. I wore this a few times with sandals in late summer, and for the next few months it will be boots and tights – although I can see it is sticking to those in the above photo!
After all the fuss about pattern placement, once I had cut the fabric out I never gave it a second thought! I opted for the white feather line to run down the princess line region, which lead to a really uneconomical layout (see Instagram feed below for evidence!)
Luckily I had a ton of fabric. But even then I only used about 2.5m, so I have enough left over to make a top as well. I’d like to say I’m happy that I get an extra garment out of the remainder, but it secretly annoys me that I thought I was finally using up some stash fabric, and now I have to use up a bit more!
I admit that I went through a stage that I thought this dress could be too young for me…..but what does that really mean anyway? If you love something, think it is rather cool, and it gives you a little head spin every time you put it on – go for it, I say!
What do you think – should you tone down your fashion sense with age – or do the opposite? Do you worry what others might think of your choices, or do it anyway? And does it ever annoy you when you finally manage to use up some stash fabric, but still have some left over?!