Monday, September 26, 2011

Put A Bird On IT Dress

About a month ago I was in Santa Fe Fabrics and I found a BEAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUTIIIIIIIIFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLL fabric with birdies all over it.

So I purchased some, cause that’s what you do when you find fine-looking fabric that also feels delicious.

The lady who cut my fabric asked me what I was going to do with it and I replied,

“I don’t know but it’s gonna have chevrons!”

And then she looked at me like I was an idiot.
Apparently she didn’t think the birdies needed to be chevroned. That, or she wasn’t quite prepared for my chevroning enthusiasm that early in the morning.

So I took my scrumptious fabric home, spent about 10 seconds planning and then after a snip, snip here
and a seam seam there,
here a snip,
there a seam
everywhere a snip, snip,
Old Cordelia had a dresss,

Oops, sorry. Cordelia and I momentarily thought we were starring in a musical and believed it was time to share a song and dance number with you. Sadly, I don’t think that flavor of fantasticness translates well to blogland.

Well, as you can guess, I had to throw some chevrons into the dress, which is why I cut the bodice pieces on the bias and chevroned them.

To add a little extra interest, I threw in some decorative buttons down the center front.

The skirt is gathered, and I put in some inseam pockets, cause I like to have somewhere to stick my hands. Otherwise I find I hold them in these awkward positions that make me look “special”, and, seeing as how I am attempting to start my own business, it is very important I don’t walk around looking live I’ve lost a few marbles.

It’s also important I learn to spell the word business, which still gives me a hard time.
I got to spell check it every time.
 True story.

Anyhow, the dress is lined with a yummy cotton/ silk blend.

I also put some buttons and buttonholes into the straps so I can wear them as regular straps, or I can unbutton them and tie them at my neck like a halter. Cause it’s good to have a little versatility in your wardrobe I say!

And there you have it, another dress with a bird on it. As my cousin Laura would say, “Thank heavens it’s not kittens in teacups!”

Although she might be onto something. I can picture it now, a kitten in teacups dress with this big poufy skirt and it would be strapless with a bow across the center front and it’ll……..

Would you go Put a Bird On It already?!
Melisa & Cordelia


  1. You are super talented and have great taste. I just found this blog. LOVE IT! I am an art teacher and want to be fashion designer. After one class at RISD I decided to go back to something I was better at. My teacher thought I should stay in fashion but she had no idea my Aunt sewed most of my designs. I am in awe of people who can sew well. I will bring out my sewing machine twice a year. Once for Halloween and once in the spring for new valances. Going to check out the rest of your blog.