me-made: mimicry


You ever get a certain design just…stuck in your head?

Because that’s what happened with this dress from Mode de Lis’s Year of the Polka Dots.  When I discovered Lily’s blog earlier this year, I read the entire archives in about a day and a half, but I kept coming back to that bloody orange dress. I think I may have even dreamed about it. It was everything I wanted in a transitional Mabon dress. And when I found Simplicity 3878 on Etsy over the summer, I knew it was just the ticket for my own version.

I finished this dress almost two months ago, and I can’t tell you how itchy I’ve been to show it off. A dress like this demands a just-right debut. When I picked up this hat for a buck fifty at last weekend’s flea market, I knew the hour was nigh.

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My version of this Gown of Gowns turned out much darker than Lily’s, thanks to fabric I didn’t realize would be quite so electric in person. No matter – this cotton from Southern Sister Supply is crisp and sturdy, a delight to cut and stitch. It’s definitely a more autumn-weight fabric, which complements the sharper color; it’ll be nice to brighten up the greys come November.

And I’m madly in love with this neckline. I want to make so many more, but the deeply superstitious part of me almost believes – almost – that it’ll make This Dress less special.

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  1. Stellar sartorial note to greet autumn’s return on. I’ve been reaching for orange and all of its seasonal companions a great deal lately as well and will continue to do so clear on through to December.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  2. UGH. That neckline is PERFECT. You look amazing! I’m in love with the orange and so inspired by your making all the things. I need to get my hands on some vintage patterns and whip up a few things because… I need some sort of guidance and I have so much fabric right now.

    Kristina |

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