I love dresses.
I would probably wear one everyday if my obnoxiously long torso didn't prevent them from ever fitting me correctly. I am so inspired watching Mad Man, which takes place in the late 50's and early 60's, and what I love is that women wore dresses that were perfectly tailored and detailed, instead of sloppy knits all the time. I truly watch the show just for the wardrobe. I wish we still dressed that way.
Did you hear that Shabby Apple is having a dress design contest? They are. So because I love dresses... I designed my perfect dress, inspired by Mad Man:
The "Betty Draper Dress"
Here is what my dress design for Shabby Apple dresses includes:
A pleated bodice that provides substantial structure to help coax a tummy into a more lovely shape, with pleats that open into a ruffle of sorts which nicely frames a delicate feminine collarbone.
Flattering elbow length sleeves--perfect for any season.
Generous pockets, because I firmly believe that all dresses should have pockets! Don't you?
Lovely hour-glass shape with its gathered skirt easing up on the gathers as it approaches the hips in order to provide just the right amount of fullness becoming on a woman's figure.
Full skirt hits just below the knee, and sports a peek-a-boo of colorful lace at the under-skirt slip lining.
Is made of stretch cotton poplin, so it's cool and breathable, and comfortable.
Its structure is one of form, with seams strategically placed to fit oh so well.
Is simple enough in its detailing to provide ample accessorizing opportunities...like a vintage broach perhaps.
(So... I didn't quite get a zipper put in....its not the easiest thing to do on a half-sized form...use your imagination.)
And even if I don't win, I might make one in several colors for myself anyway.
Wouldn't this color combination be nice for Spring?
Ohh...with these heels:
I only wish I'd had enough time to make a Joan Halloway inspired dress too.
What would your perfect dress look like?