I just got back from my New Year’s Retreat.
And it was so good. So much good. So much that I wanted even more–more holy chats and more laughter and more sweet, silent prayers with my most loved Jesus who pours love and grace into my heart nonstop.
You would think I would start typing and just word-vomit all over this here keyboard.
But, I am Seashell Nell and I am FULL OF SURPRISES.
So instead we’re going to talk about dresses.
Talk talk talk.
Soooo, Snowball is coming up. “Snowball” being the winter-dance my parents throw to unite the community in the dreary winter and what not.
And I use the opportunity to make myself a beautiful dress, usually. 🙂
My inspiration this year comes from the impeccable Ginger Rogers and a dress she wore in “Swing Time.” Well, one of her dresses. And I think the most popular/ iconic one is this one:
Isn’t she stunning?
But, I love and love and love and salivate over this one whenever I watch her little clip with her Fred.
Be still, mine heart!
The drape is stunning and they’re so light on their feet and she’s so impossibly, impossibly thin, is she not?
But I also love the Peter-pan like collar. And the sleeves…although I’m not sure how that would work.
So, this is where I am. I want that-ish dress. I love the flow and the sleeves and the collar and the classic cut.
I’m not sold on black, because I live my life in technicolor, but, I was thinking about it and realized that it could be a different color–like, for instance, a rich, dark forest green–and we just don’t realize it because we’re watching it in black and white.
Kind of like seeing the Adam’s Family set in actuality:
In sum I was looking for:
- A dancing-skirt
- Feminine cut
- Peter pan collar
- Sleeves. For no reason. I’ve never wanted them before. But this year, they’re on my heart.
From hence is where we come. I researched some patterns, and these were my three favorites. A break down. They’re Simplicity, but I swiped the images just for ease. 🙂 If you want, you can comment. (Mostly: Lauren, Cait, Julia and Kathryn. Because they’re the ones who do).
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO.
Theeeeeeeeeeeeees was my first option. I like the pleats, yes?
Not sold on the drop-waist though. It’s OK, but it kiiiinda reminds me of the type of Mormons who live in giant communities with sister-wives. So, this was on the list of nice dresses, but I was still looking.
And then I was like: “Collar! Sleeves! Spinny skirt! POCKETSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!” and I knew this was in the line-up. Knew it.
But this one has stolen my heart. I love the funky, artsy-cut. I love it. That skirt is made for dancing. Positively. And I feel like I could add a Peter Pan collar with my sewing skillz and the internet.
I would so love to hear your opinions, though.
Please please and pretty please and I will send you postcards of gratitude.