Friday, March 26, 2010

A Dress for the Opera: Vintage Simplicity 3446


(image from vintagepatterns.wikia.com)

Before you go to the opera you've got to figure out the dress. So we pulled this pattern back on a snow day, and found some gorgeous fabric in the stash. I think it's a silk-wool blend that I was given by a draperer's daughter. It has an unbelievable crispness, heft, and gloss to it, and makes a phenomenal glowing frock. Especially on Bella.


A great pattern--so straightforward and flattering. The built-in neckline tie allows for some creativity. Will I pin it, tie it, or drape it with pearls?


We didn't take a china bird or a bouquet to the opera.


But the little thrifted purse, yes.


And the tall leather boots.

23 comments:

Autumn said...

Beautiful! Bella looks awesome in that!

-Autumn

Mrs.Rabe said...

She is a beauty and so is the dress!

lesthook said...

Thyat is so feminine! Bella looks great!

Lisateresa said...

That's lovely! But which opera did you see?

Anonymous said...

Bella looks absolutely gorgeous in that dress. You are quite the seamstress! wish we could see the boots, too.

Polly said...

Very nice! I think I have that pattern, too--but I know it wouldn't look as lovely on me as it does on beautiful Bella.

Trudy Callan said...

Bella an her opera dress are absolutely gorgeous.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

What a classic look for a beautiful daughter.

Hana - Marmota said...

Yes. Bella looks gorgeous, and so does the dress.
I also second the "which opera?" question. And the request to see the boots. Please!

Lynne in NC said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Bella looks absolutely divine.
Peace.

Laura said...

What a picture of
blossoming feminine expression!

Admiringly,
{{* *}}

Lisette said...

I was thinking of buying that same pattern! I'm very tempted to now.

Rhonda said...

I absolutely adore that pattern and the fabric is perfect for it. Bella is stunning!

Eva Girl said...

Oh, what a beautiful dress - and a stunning young woman too : ) I'm loving your blog! Thanx!!

TARRAH said...

I think we definitely need to see the boots. :)

Erin A. said...

Been lurking for a while now, but this dress (and the model!) were too gorgeous not to de-lurk. Thank you for sharing--and to add my requst to the others, would love to know what opera and to see a full portrait to see the boots, too!

Rona's Home Page said...

Very beautiful.

Rebekah said...

Lovely, Anna.

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

Beautiful!!! And will you give us a peek at what the rest of you lovely ladies wore? ;-)

Anonymous said...

This turned out lovely...& Bella looks very pretty in it. :o)

Brenda

Anonymous said...

Fabulous style. Bella looks set to be a style icon.

Sonya

Karen said...

What a beautiful dress on a beautiful young lady! You are a very accomplished seamstress!

Amy said...

I love, it looks great on Bella...the contrast of the white is really nice. I wish you had taken a picture that showed the tall leather boots too, though... :-)

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