Added May 25, 2014
When I found that picture in Pinterest I knew that a similar fabric resides in my stash just waiting to be turned into that dress! o~~~ Before I found it, I already planned to sew myself a new dress for friend’s wedding in May and this dress made from that fabric seemed perfect for the occasion in this season.
I found out that “Lana Lobell” online shopping catalogs were launched in the 1950s by Hanover House and the name came from the owner Boris Leavitt’s daughter’s name. Please meet Lana! o
My version has been modified: I based the top part on the blouse from the Dutch 1951 Libelle magazine – I left the kimono sleeves, connected the fronts into one piece and constructed the collar. I added the zipper on the side.
I used the cotton I bought ages ago, it waited for a perfect pattern and I found it! o Because the fabric had a flower print along the borders I could only make a pleated/gathered skirt to show this beautiful meadow, cutting the pieces was out of the question.
I wore a full organza petticoat under the dress that turned it into a beautiful round meringue. Together with a girdle they posed some challenge in yesterday’s heat but fortunately the wedding started at 5:30 pm when the temperature started to drop. In the evening and night I could comfortably sit in the garden without feeling cold (wraped in a shawl).
Of course no wedding outfit would be complete without the headdress – this time I made a fascinator in blue. Can you believe I was THE ONLY woman with a headdress?!….. (not counting the bride’s flowers in her hair and a headband with daisies on 8-year old Alicia’s head).
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