Friday, October 4, 2013

Dress Dreams

This coming weekend is not only a long weekend, but its also the start of daylight savings which means lots more sunlight before and after work

Around this time every year, my sketch books and ideas lists quickly become full perhaps because of the extra light, warm weather and the increase of activity in the garden and in nature. The anticipation of summer and the festive season also provides lots of reasons to come up with fun new dresses to make.

Here are some of the dresses that are helping me with these ideas. They're also the kind I wish I could just pluck off the screen in the morning to wear and head off for the day feeling super



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Twiggy and a fellow model in some very sweet dresses

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Tunic and Turtleneck - McCall’s Winter 1970-71 Issue

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Marianne Faithfull in a simple printed shift. I wish I could see the colours

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 Metallic and Floral shifts - Celanese add, Seventeen magazine November 1966

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 Floral tent dresses from Thai Fashion magazine 1968

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Plaid dress, white collar and cuffs with a sweet black bow - 1968


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Jean Shrimpton and Paul Jones - This dress reminds me of my Bliss of Mrs Blossom dress

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Mary Hopkin 1969

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Paisley shift

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Simply Stripy

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Psychedelic dress coat with patent green belt

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Buttoned mini and a fitted coat - Kings Road, photographed by John Hendy, 1968

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Barbara Bach for Jonathan Logan 

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Shift with bow, collar and buttons - Life, October 18, 1963

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Skirts, sweaters and berets - Yorkville Village, 1967.

I'll also finally be taking photos of my Barbara dress this weekend, so be sure to look out for that post!

Cat xo

17 comments:

  1. Some lovely dresses you've compiled. In particular I love that metallic shift.
    Cannot wait to see the Barbara dress too! xx

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  2. Hello, dear Catherine! Well, you'll just have to "roll up your sleeves" and get busy making some of these outfits! It was great seeing adorable dollies like Twiggy, Marianne and Barbara in these groovy fashions and I predict they'd look fab on you. I can especially see you in that psychedelic dress coat with patent green belt. You have already proven that bright green looks great on you. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend Cat!

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    1. oh my it would take so long to make these! I'd have to just settle for wearing them in my dreams

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  3. Oh my goodness, I know how you feel, those are so fabulous and beautiful!!

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    1. i know! Gah the problems of living in the wrong era!

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  4. Oh I just love all of these dresses, I really wish we could just grab them off the screen and wear them straight away. As much as I love sewing I'm also really quite impatient and sometimes I wish I could just click my fingers and make clothes appear!

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    1. ahh! this is my dilemma every morning! looking on pinterest for outfit ideas, and then going back to my wardrobe and realising I don't have any of them...

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  5. That Celanese metallic shift and Jean Shrimpton's Baroque mini (minus the socks for me!) are gorgeous! Great inspiration! x

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    1. i kinda like the socks, but i dont know if i would wear them either!

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    1. oh i know. their so spesh and pretty

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  7. Jaysus, dress dreams indeed!
    Argh, I get mental with all this inspiration! No wonder my sewing mojo has gone wobbly, there's just TOO many frocks I need to make!!! I really love the tartan one with the collar and bow, that's my fave! XXX

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    1. ahh i know aren't they fantastic! that tartan one is so preppy and pretty!

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  8. Awesomsauce! I love these styles of dresses. I' m going to be sewing up a Twiggy style dress from a sewing book that has patterns for several different stars, a few being Twiggy, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn.

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