There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and I wanted to make an interesting dress that I could photograph in the scenery of my youth.
This is definitely a 1980s dress pattern. It’s a little Victorian, colonial and 19080s inspired. It is just not as fancy with layers, ruffles, boning or any of that stuff. The pattern called for 7-8 yards of fabric and was easy to construct.
I have never been much for traditional prints such as calico and homespun. They remind me of Americana styles my mom and aunt Donna decorated with in the 1980s. I also was not crazy about them from my Hancock Fabric days. If you have ever worked in a fabric store you know plaids are cut with extra care, open on a bold line. I have also learned to love those traditional fabrics as I have gotten older and found a fondness for history.
I wanted a more modern, less fuss fabric so I chose a stretch knit. I got my fabric from Girl Charlee, it took almost 5 yards of knit and I used this vintage 1980s McCall’s pattern. I wound up ordering fabric twice because I chose the fabric before the pattern and needed more fabric for the bottom ruffle.
I decided to fully pipe the dress so it would not look like a night-gown. It is amazing how this dress looks so different in contrasting light. The photo above is against a yellow wall that gives the hand stamped design a raspberry color. In natural light it almost looks like a rust colored dress.
Most people do not know but a few steps away from the Witches Tower are wooden gates made by the famous artist Mary Miss Wetlands. I have learned a lot more about my hometown volunteering on the Kettering Arts Council. I am hoping to do more photography shoots with art in 2019. Beautiful art is all around.
Behind the scenes~
My class is next week and there is still time to sign to up.
Prom pictures are coming in. This is year 3 of working with this family for school dresses. They have been so wonderful. I love seeing the finished pictures,
Thank you for reading,
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