Hot Pink and Black Laurel
Added Oct 11, 2013
Ithaca, New York...
This was also made for the Colette Laurel Contest in April. I had such high hopes for this one—it’s an eyelet bordered black wool Anna Sui suiting lined with hot pink shirting to make the eyelets pop, with an external jacket zipper on the back. I used the same altered muslin from the Beach Laurel to make this dress.
These were also my first altered sleeves and I increased the length of the dress 4 inches. I also lowered the neckline significantly. With these alterations, I ran into a lot of problems. This dress doesn’t sit right and is itchy, despite being fully underlined. The neckline is possibly too low, and the sleeves pull the shoulders down. Also, because of the length, I probably should have added a vent or slit, because the pressure popped one of the side seams. Also, it’s too big. Linen and wool don’t behave the same way. :P And the sleeves set badly (I didn’t finish the armholes because I had a feeling I’d have to reset the sleeves). All an all, a bit of a fail.
I have lots of hot pink accessories to wear with this, but black is no longer a good color. I have no idea if I should try to fix this dress, or pass it on to someone else. It’s sad, because it is kind of pretty.
My husband took these photos, as the Beachy Laurel ones, too. He’s got a great camera, but is terrible for taking good pictures of garments. The kitty is Noodle—my 4 year old calico. She loves her mommy and her mommy love her!
wool suiting, cotton shirting, flashy jacket zipper