Another Friday, another work-at-home day, another installment of the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult fashion show.
This is the Tunic Dress with Lace from Happy Homemade Sew Chic. Yeah there’s no lace. The pattern calls for a wide 3-inch lace for the neckline. But I could not find any lace that worked with my fabric. I made it out of a slate blue Japanese cotton double gauze with a gold bamboo motif. Any gold colored lace I found looked pretty tacky-ass.
To ramp up the bling factor, I sometimes belt the dress with a long necklace, as shown. Also, I shortened the sleeves after my original make last year.
I call this my Japanese house dress and I wore it frequently last summer. The cotton double gauze is very comfy in hot humid weather.
So, I work in banking in New York City. Not exactly territory for the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult look.
But here’s an exception: the Jacket with Back Tie from Happy Homemade Sew Chic, made swanky in cherry red silk dupioni.
The jacket is long and rather smocklike, with no lining and wrong-side-showing lapels. I cut it with tighter armholes and long short sleeves so it would look a bit more polished. Plus the silk is always a good thing.
This is one of the best patterns in the book and a fun one to dress up or down. A casual rendition in linen is on my to-do list.
Here’s today’s look, for hanging in the garden, sipping Rose and reading a good book. It’s the Dress With Front Tuck from Happy Homemade Sew Chic.
The dress is just an OK look for me. It’s the first thing I made from the book and the fit is a bit off. Plus I look pregnant.
Another Rose? “Why yes, I will!”
I telecommute on Fridays, so I can go cazh. Here’s the look: a Maria Denmark Yasmin Yoke Skirt adapted by me as a button-front style, in denim. I made this for about $35 to copy a $500 Stella McCartney skirt.
The blouse is RTW.
My outfit today is three pieces of Me-Made fashion. The Yasmin Yoke Skirt and the Day-to-Night Drape Top from Maria Denmark. The cardigan is New Look 6330.
Unfortunately it’s still too cold here to wear a skirt without tights! Brr and grr.
Here’s today’s look for Me-Made-May: MCall’s 6968, very heavily altered.
This dress bears little resemblance to the pattern envelope. I made short sleeves, omitted the collar, lengthened it, lowered the bust (the pattern had a ridiculously high bust) and lowered the neckline a bit.
I made it out of a linen blend. It’s very black and rather funereal without some bling, so I wear it with a copper sari scarf and coordinating copper jewellery.
I toiled in the garden all day then showered and changed into something comfortable: the Tunic with Roll-up Sleeves and the Double-cuff Bermuda Shorts from Happy Homemade Sew Chic.
These are some of the best patterns in the book. I lengthened the shorts to clamdiggers. The Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult may have disbanded, but the look lives on!