nordstrom designer preview – making a dress – seattle

25 Jul
July 25, 2010

i’m never sure if it’s the designer or the style critic in me, maybe a combination of the two, but inevitably, i never find what i’m looking for to wear to events. this time around, i shopped all sorts of places- online, in-store, expensive, inexpensive, close-out, just-in… and still, didn’t see anything i’d consider.

it doesn’t help that i can see in my head exactly what i want. i’ve been consuming mad men, and joanie’s style has been calling. i have several vintage dresses that fit like a glove- my shape is now being defined as mid-century.  and so, of course, last minute, i decide to make something. inspiration: chanel, mad men.  timeline: 3 days.  here’s what i came up with.  to see all photos, click

the top half starts shaping up, that stand-up collar was just what i wanted

the two halves before i joined them…

almost done, just the armhole finishing and hem are left.

me, the dress and doug from bellevue nordstrom.  thanks to jen for the photo!

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6 replies
  1. Karen says:

    Kam! The dress turned out awesome and you look fabulous as always! Love it! Especially the collar. When are you going to start taking special orders?

  2. admin says:

    ha ha special orders… that’s funny. 😉 that would require a) time, and b) planning ahead. and elves. i need to get some elves.

  3. Lindsay says:

    She’s right. I desperately need you to make me a few dresses for Fall and then help me pick the hosiery and shoes to go with…and i am dead.serious.

  4. admin says:

    do you have a sewing machine? what if i help you pick stuff out to make a dress? or shopping, i can always be talked into shopping… i’ll help!

  5. the jaunty magpie says:

    So elegant! And yes, totally channeling Mad Men. All you need is a cigarette and a martini glass in hand. You are helping to get me back to my sewing projects that have been languishing for months. I needed a kick in the pants – this is it!

  6. admin says:

    sewing projects! i have a stack. good thing i only pick the last minute ones to finish. what’s on the docket to make???

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