Monday, July 25, 2016

A Matisse Dress for Summer


~ with my lady bag ~

This is the kind of dress little girl me would love.




~ even though you know I have pockets ~

 And old girl me loves it too.


 
~ give us a twirl, girls ~


The dress is from Tina Givens Morgan dress pattern, with many liberties taken in the making of it.  

Let's see...I raised the waistline, lengthened the skirt, added pockets for goodness sake, lengthened the sleeves and added tucks, eliminated the back patch and continued the back neck pleats down to the waist, left out 1 of the 3 skirt panels due to lack of fabric, did my own collar installation, interfaced the center front plackets that hold the buttons and buttonholes.   I didn't put in the recommended hem gathers or the overlapped skirt section.  That's about it for alterations.



~ here's the Matisse part ~


oh, and the fabric is challis.  nice.




~ I've got my back covered ~

with the addition of a skull & cross bone button at the back of the neck.   You know, to counteract the any twee.



~ c'est fini avec les shoes from ebay ~



Without further ado, I'll skip to my lou, to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.  Then to Catherine's I'll Wear What I Like, but of course.  And finally, Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  See you all there.



24 comments:

  1. Love the skull button - it slays the twee : > Great dress and fabulous model. xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Heck yea, Patti. Slaying the twee is my motto.

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  2. Aww, you're so adorable! Good thing the skull is watching your back for you.

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  3. Weeee!! What a fun dress!! And dang those shoes!! You have the best shoe collection ever!

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    1. I didn't show you this trick, Hollie, but I can even wear it backwards! woooo.

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  4. Well, little Miss Patty Pockets, I cannot tell you how happy I am to see this dress! It was worth the effort! And I'm sorry but that skull is pretty cute, too.

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    1. aaww, man. You mean it's a sugar skull, Connie?

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  5. I am trying to crawl in to steal your fabric: I am the only member of my family who does not wear pink (here it is a manly color), but I could make an exception for Matisse.....

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    1. Sorry SJ, I got the last piece from Fabricmartfabrics.com

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  6. Wow! That dress is just popping out of the screen at me, so much so that I originally thought it was a "Maltese" dress! Love it and that cute little skull trim! I've admired those woven shoes on a couple of women this Summer, I'm going to have to hunt a pair down! xxx

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    1. Maltese, Matisse...what's a few letters. And here I thought it was fearsome skull...ah, well, it was the only one I had on hand. The shoes are really comfy. $11 new on good ole ebay.

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  7. Such fun - fun gone wild. I love it!

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    1. It's so easy to have wild dress up fun for us girls, isn't it, Coco?!

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  8. Love this! Just found your blog...and am very grateful - I'm on the "oh, wow, I've got everything I need, don't buy more fabric/go thrifting journey myself. I was just getting woozy over some online linen and remembered I'd bookmarked your page. Came here for a little sanity. Thanks!

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    1. Don't be too strict with yourself Becca. How cheap was that online linen?

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  9. This has got to be the happiest dress ever! I love it Pao!

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    1. Thanks Sue. But I do believe you have the market covered for happiest dress, happiest, jacket, happiest coat, happiest swim suit, happiest...........

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  10. that fabric!!! swoon!
    very good job in making your own version of the pattern - all the described skipped features sound way to much for a fabulous print like that! :-)
    love the skull button! xxxxxx

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    1. Oh Beate, you know everything about sewing garments, and just want to say too!

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  11. Hahaha, awesome fabric. I love this Tina Givens pattern, although it's more of a Pao pattern now with all the wonderful tweaks you've given it and the bad-assery with skull neck. And of course your shoes! Always your shoes, so perfect with this.

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    1. Alright! A bad-assery skull. Now we're talking. What shall we call this new line...Tina Gives A Pao patterns. hmmm.

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  12. Love the surprise of the skull button at the back! I am envious of the skill with which you tweak a pattern to make it your own. The candy colours in the pattern make me smile.
    Just how many pairs of awesome shoes DO you own???

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    1. I know, good enough to eat.
      I'm not telling and I don't know. Wait til you see today's post of shoes - mmmwwwaa!

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