Me Made Monday: A Bernie Dexter-Inspired Toile

Hello lovelies! I know I said my intention was to post a newly made garment each week, but unfortunately my ambition got away with me and I tried to work on three projects, meaning I completed zero. Of course. I’m sure one would have been finished if I had any clue how to work with stretch denim, but… I can make excuses all day long, right?

So today my Me Made Monday offering is one that I finished August 2013! I was inspired by Bernie Dexter’s Paris dress in Blue Toile and just happened to have the perfect cotton fabric to match. I also was aware of Dita Von Teese’s lovely paniered toile dress, so I’d consider that inspirational as well.

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My inspirations!

My dress is half lined, with piped straps, single piping all around the neckline to the back, and double piping at the waist. This was the first time that I ever attempted a lapped, hand-picked zipper, and to this day I’m very pleased with how that turned out!

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I’ve worn this dress a fair amount since making it, but unfortunately I knew little about flat patterning when I drafted it. Add on the fact that I’ve become considerably more busty in the nearly two years following, and the top of this baby doesn’t fit me at all; even then it didn’t fit very well, if you look closely. So no photos of the top of it from yesterday! The pictures above were taken soon after I completed it, when I was far less knowledgable about how to keep my curls looking good all day. Please excuse the blob of curls!

Recently, I only wear this dress with a cardigan or jacket on top, because I refuse to wear something that shows a quarter of my bra at the armscye – not classy. Yesterday’s photographs were taken by my boyfriend who was egging me on, which explains the amount of animation compared to my usual photos! (Pose! Model for me! Be a pin-up!) Despite this, it’s clear that my man is no professional photographer, as it seems I’ve lost my feet in several photos 😉

IMG_0982IMG_0980I’m most proud of the pattern matching on this piece, as well as all the detail work I put into it – the piping, the neat lining, the hand-picked zipper. Details like this are what I think really elevate a piece from looking simply homemade to looking custom and couture. 
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I will, however, be remaking this dress very soon – or at LEAST adding a side bust dart. I’d really like to be able to wear it without covering up the gaping after all the detailing I put into it! Look out for that alteration within a couple of weeks!

What garments are you showcasing for Me Made Monday today? Tag #memademonday as well as @thehomemadepinup on Instagram, and drop your blog link in the comments below! I’d love to feature your pieces 🙂

Until next time,
Lauren || The Homemade Pinup

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