17 June 2010

New Name, the Meh Dress and a Giveaway!

So yes, new banner, new name, yadda yadda. I felt this would be a better inspiration because I like more of a mix between modern and vintage clothing and it would allow me to go into any decade I liked (truthfully, I have no patience for most pre-60s patterns!)

As promised, I present what I call the "Meh Dress", or the CK Dress (because it was inspired by Calvin Klein's brilliant but simple color combinations). The first photo is sort of how I dreamed the dress to be. The rest speak for themselves.
And of course, the giveaway! To enter, just leave a comment about how you would have done up the Meh Dress (your fabric choices, colors, etc.) The winner will be picked Sunday night and they may choose one of the following three patterns:
The first is a 70s dress in a sz. 16 (B38), the second is a Gunne Sax knockoff in sz. 12 (B34) and the third is a Marlo's Corner pattern for a shirt and pants or shorts in a sz. 10-12-14 (B32.5-36).

25 comments:

  1. I like the new name! If I made the "Meh" dress I would have gone with more of a late 60s color theme. Maybe a sunshine yellow with green piping. I'm also not a huge fan of cowl-necks. So I probably would have gone with a boat neck or something similar. I very much like your version though, don't change a thing.

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  2. Love the dress but I think a "louder" color combo is what I'd have done. Acid green with pink piping, maybe? Or lemon yellow with bright turquoise?

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  3. I like the dress but I agree it doesn't scream 'you' in those colors. I think it would be great in a gold and brown or red and blue/purple. Something vibrant.

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

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  4. Just read your comment over at my blog! Sorry for the mistaken collar identity! On second look I can see that it is not a cowl-neck. Guess I didn't look close enough before!

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  5. Love the new banner! hooray! I really like the dress! The piping is amazing!

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  6. Maybe done in navy with red piping? Or black with red? More striking combo? I love the cowl necked 70's pattern (size 16).

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  7. Had to come and visit as I love the blog name, Nancy Drew was all I would read during one phase of girlhood! I collected all the books and am looking forward to reading them to my daughter one day!

    Anyway, I digress, lovely dress too, I really like the muted colours but could easily imagine in it something, maybe contrast panelling (I'm terrible for wanting to do that to half the stuff I make!).

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  8. If I made the 'meh' dress, I'd go with the front panel in navy with red piping and the rest of the dress in white. Yes, I'd look like a big flag walking around, but I just think it would look lovely.

    <3

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  9. First, I'm really impressed with the piping on your dress. I don't think it's terrible at all. If I made the dress, I'd peg the skirt and add a back dart. I'd make the dress in a tan linen with yellow piping, and do a self-belt with bamboo circle details on the belt...

    I am desperate for summer shorts, so I hope I win! That shorts pattern is my size....

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  10. I like your meh dress. Especially the pearls. It takes it to a more sophisticated level. If I were to make that dress, it would be a navy sateen with white piping. I'm loving the nautical look now.

    And I love the third pattern. Its soo cool.

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  11. I would make the dress in a nice charcoal grey with yellow piping and yellow buttons. I don't think I own anything in that color, so I think I may need to get sewing!

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  12. I love your dress! The piping is very neat. I would make it in a very deep purple colour and wear it with tights because it is so cold at the moment!

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  13. I would love to see that dress in yellow with red piping (though there are few things I don't want to see in yellow and red)

    I think you are a bit hard on it though because I think it looks great the way you have done it, all it needs is some chunky pink heels.

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  14. I actually like this dress. I would, though, make it narrower around the waist and/or make it in a more striking color (navy is the first that comes to mind, but I love navy in any pattern...).

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  15. I think I would have done the Meh Dress in red, with white piping and gold buttons as i'm really into nautical right now. I would also add a short sleeve because I like my arms a little bit covered.

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  16. The missing words from my post are [please insert between 'something,' and 'maybe'] "more vibrant, plain, maybe patterned," not sure where that went, maybe the mouse ate them!

    Belly, I think ultramarine blue or navy with white in everything at the moment, having a bit of a nautical phase!

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  17. I would have done the dress in more contrasting colors. Say... gold with Black trim. And I would have made the dress longer and nipped the waist more.

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  18. I always seem to go for grey and I actually really like your colour choice! But my fave colour combo is purple with mustard yellow. For someone with tanned skin and some purple shoes, rather than myself, though, mustard makes me look weird.

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  19. I would have made the dress in a white and black flower print (white background and black abstract flowers) with red piping. Can't say white is flattering on me but still - I love that color combo! :)

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  20. I actually love your dress how it is... but I admit, I probably would have gone with red piping. Maaaaybe yellow. (Wouldn't change the gray, though—heart!)

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  21. I think it's about 3 sizes too big! It just needs taking in! And lower the neckline for more boobalicious! I think the colour combo is fine.

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  22. That dress isn't meh at all. I think it's a stunning colour combo. I agree with Lily - it does need to be taken in a bit.

    For me, because I like bright colours, I would have gone with an aqua floral with red piping.

    Sarah :)

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  23. I think with the "Meh Dress" the seamlines and simplicity of the pattern should really be the main focus; they should stand out and make the dress special, and the dress should not be cluttered with loud or busy prints. With this in mind, I would sew the Meh Dress with maybe a nice turquoise color (like this: http://www.beadfx.com/images/s16933.jpg ) and the visible seamlines/piping would be a warm brown (link: http://www.net4sale.com/Shop/pc/catalog/270-22_warm_brown_1367_general.jpg ) and the buttons is where I would splurge - oversized, rusty orange buttons (link: http://www.psdgraphics.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/rusted-metal.jpg ). That way, the dress would sort of pop and be cute and kitschy and modern all at the same time.

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  24. hmm. ok- let see. i love your meh dress! :) looks liek teh perfect kind of everyday dress that you can dress down or dress up. i think i would've gone with maybe a bright navy back bodice, skirt and side panels. the front panel of the dress- (bodice and skirt)i would like a small print (maybe flowers or birds)to cordinate with the back and side panels color- then the little belt around the sides and back can also ebteh print fabric. the piping i think could go in red with red matching buttons- i like showing a little past teh collar bone- so i would maybe widen the the neckline- jsut a smidge.... hm.... what do you think? :)

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  25. Well, I'm going to go with a vibrant mod yellow or green set off with white piping. Oh, and a matching hair or neck scarf and sunglasses for that marvelous impromptu weekend getaway in your convertible!

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Folks Serv