Monday, March 10, 2014

The Gingerbread Dress

I've been sewing! I started this late 40s dress last month but then got distracted by other things instead of hemming it. So I finally finished this dress and dubbed it the Gingerbread Dress because all of the brown reminds me of that yummy holiday treat.

I used a combination of my favorite late 40s dress pattern Simplicity 2851 but with the hip flap detail thingy from Simplicity 2502.

I choose some vintage mother of pearl buttons and brown linen/rayon blend for the accent to coordinate with this great brown wool.

Originally, I had a suit in mind for this wool but when it arrived it was much too thin and drapey so I went for a dress instead.

I had a really great hair day! I cut my hair last week and I'm loving the shorter look.

I also parted my hair a but more towards the center than usually and I'm shocked at the difference it makes in the look. Might have to start parting my hair this way all the time.

Whenever I give up growing out my hair and chop it, I always wonder why I started growing it out in the first place. I love me in short hair!

Alas, it wasn't actually this warm outside so this is what I was really wearing to be warm.

I probably didn't need the scarf but it was windy so the scarf protected my curls.

Overall, I'm so happy with this dress! It's a great light weight dress for spring and summer.


  1. cute! I love the pocket detailing!

  2. Cute dress and hair! And yes, projects should be named after food. :-)

  3. I really like how you combined patterns. Just lovely!

  4. Awesome dress!!! I especially adore the two colours at work on the pockets. That is such a special, memorable touch. You look beautiful, just like this great "gingerbread" frock itself.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. wonderful dress. Love that pocket detailing. Your hair looks great! Actually, it always does lol. I think the more center part draws more attention to your eyes, and who doesnt love that?

  6. Adorable, I love the pocket detailing.

  7. Lovely dress! The pocket details are really cool, and I love your vintage buttons!

  8. Great dress. A lot of the 40s style dresses are also so wearable -- some vintage is adorable but costume-y; this is adorable and period but also so usable.

  9. Fantastic job, I love those pockets, how gorgeous!

  10. I love this dress! The shape is a great style for day and the two tone pockets are a knock out. Well done. I must say I agree with you and your hair does look fab short. xx Shauna

  11. Adorable! I love the two-tone pocket detail. Brown is not one of my favorite colors to wear, but you make it look absolutely decadent and elegant.

  12. When you have the scarf wrapped around your head you remind me of the time magazine picture of the pashtun woman with the piercing blue eyes.

  13. Wow! This is wonderful! So sleek and chic!


  14. The dress is really good on you , was it difficult to create ? I wonder..