Thursday, August 04, 2011

A Dress for Down Time: Victoria Jones 001


You know how sometimes it's too early for bed but you really just want to float around in something undemanding? Like yoga pants, only not. Like a lounge dress.


Victoria Jones designs Hawaiian dresses--so not me, but somehow I just wanted to, so I did. This was too much fun to sew, it was an overachieving dressmaker's dream, with tucks and gathers and inset bands and ruffles.


I used a thrifted cotton sheet for the main body of the dress, and purchased voile embroidered with hibiscus blossoms for my contrast. A little nod to Hawaii.


I'm actually wearing it right this second. I'm lounging. And probably will again.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my Goodness! This is the loveliest dress!! Could you post where you got the pattern, pretty please?
Maria Ricci

MrsSM said...

It's so pretty, Anna! Sometimes it's fun to take a complete 180 from the usual:).

I actually had a dress styled very similarly to this when I was in 8th grade--back in the mid-80's. I don't know what happened to it, but I always liked it. Thanks for the memory trip back!

Krista

Anna said...

Maria, just google the designer's name + sewing pattern and you'll come up with online places to buy it.

Lisa said...

Wow, Anna! I never heard of this person.

Lisateresa

Eva Girl said...

Wow! I've been looking at Muumuu patterns this Summer - so comfy looking for the hot weather - but not sure if I could make it work or not ; )

This has a whole soft, feminine, frilly feel to it too!

Kimberlee said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Enjoy your elegant lounging, sipping something refreshingly chilly...

Anonymous said...

Oh, gorgeous!!

Barb in Nebraska

Laura {{* *}} said...

Princess Ka'iulani would be proud
to wear this while lounging
on her lanai.

I miss wearing muumuu on
Aloha Fridays in the islands.

{{* *}}

Simply Scaife Family said...

Soft and so pretty- what a lovely pattern.

Julian said...

oh my gosh! That is sooo pretty! Beautiful colors and fabric! Have fun "floating"! christina

Lucille said...

Will Daisy want a mini version to lounge in too?

Redhead Lynn said...

This is lovely!!

(http://redheadlynn.blogspot.com/)

Cindy said...

Such a pretty dress! You did a great job. I love to see what you are sewing.

Rebecca said...

Oh, I know just what you mean! "Yoga pants but not" Hee.

On Sunday afternoons my mom and I say to each other, "Well, did you take off your corset and put on something comfortable?" This dress would be just the ticket.

Leah H said...

OOooh, I love it!!! I pretty sure I have this pattern on a wish list somewhere...

Sandy said...

I noticed your dress form on the close-up picture. Did you make one of those "personalized" ones where you wrap yourself in layer of ductape? I thought I could see strips of tape in that picture. If so what it hard? How many people did it take? Any tips?

renee said...

Is there anything you cannot sew? It looks glorious - beautiful colours.

Anna said...

Sandy, I have a dress form that I covered with a personalizied duct tape shell. It just took one person to wrap the tape over my tee shirt then cut me out--it's not a fun process but it's very useful. I just put that over the dress form.

Lucille, you're right about Daisy. The request is already in the pipeline!

Carol said...

Everything you do is so beautiful. (in MD)

seashoreknits said...

That is a sweet and lovely dress, Anna! So feminine and comfy looking. Love that you thrifted the main fabric!

Lisa Beth W. said...

I would SO like to have a "lounging" dress like that! Very pretty!

Sprittibee said...

Holy cow. I'm so glad my husband doesn't read blogs because you totally just made me look #undomestic. ;)

Marlaine said...

Even more delightful than the lovely lounge dress you sewed is the description of the duct tape shell creation. I am sure it was NOT fun for you, but the thought of ensuing entertainment at my house if WE tried it on one of my teens... well... I'm still smiling! ;-)

Caroline said...

Oh wow, this is so beautiful! Fantastic job.

Mac an Rothaich said...

My mom had the prettiest red lounge dress when I was a child and I had to go out and find one... still working on that. Bravo, what a beauty!

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