First of all: it needs to be known that I have worn the same sweater five days this week.
Colleen gave it to me on Saturday, and I have worn it unabashedly.
Also! GUYS IT’S FINALLY GETTING WARMER. Spring things everywhere! Flowers! Warm weather!
Because of the wonder of Spring lured us out-of-doors, I went out with Colleen and Bethany and Kathryn last weekend. We ate snacks and talked and bought stuff in a cute little downtown. Fascinators may or may not have been involved, too.
As we were meandering (and looking for Mother’s Day/ birthday gifts) I also saw a dress in a window. It didn’t change my life in any earth-shattering ways, but it did make me think about ruffled sleeves. And dresses. And ruffled sleeves on dresses.
Have you ever seen Rodgers and Hammerstien’s State Fair? Not the one with Ann-Margaret…the other one, filmed in 1945. As with many musicals, the plot is simple and silly. The songs are fun, though…and the fashion is lovely.
All of the dresses on the character Margy are wonderful. I was going to use the internets to show some examples, but then I found this blog post and the author did such a good job, I’m just going to link.
This is Margy. Note her ruffled sleeves. This is automatically where my mind linked.
And then I utilized the internets.
I think the closet thing I’ve seen in vintage patterns would be the vintage, girlie apron. Note view “A”…the sleeves have a nice shape, and the line of the dress is cute and feminine without being over the top. Do you like that the looping pattern is mimicked on the hemline?
So far so good! Plus, I like the way contrasting bias looks (so, like, the red lines on the apron).
That’s the start, OK?
And then I saw this one:
What I'm saying it: summer-dress sewing is on my mind.
I just need time and material and we're in business!