May 5, 2014

Disco Chic Nod to an American Hustle Leading Lady

It should come as no surprise that I am constantly influenced by vintage fashion. additional fact, I am also a film fanatic. Plain and simple I love fashion on film so when Project Sewn announced the Leading Lady theme I was overtaken by myriad ideas. 

I set out on a mission to pay tribute to a retro iconic leading lady. Plot twist: after finally getting around to viewing American Hustle it was decided that I should attempt disco chic for the challenge. The 1970s are not an era I commonly gravitate towards but will devour any period film. 





















McCall's 6790 was the pattern I chose to adapt for my look and had intended to shorten the skirt hem and fabric block the dress to create a close replica of the film dress. Yet while hunting my fabric stash I decided that making the dress in the pattern silhouette and in a vivid Melody loved printed chiffon fabric I would allow the look to speak more to my personality and still translate to the challenge. Additionally I wanted to justify my urge to create a maxi dress. 
I am now an official participant in the maxi dress trend as this is the second I have stitched. Previously I was adamant that I would not get on this band wagon I was stubbornly sure that I could NOT pull off the long skirt. I'll have you know I really enjoy wearing them regardless of whether or not my short self can pull them off. 
Pattern modifications: Broad and square shoulder adjustment, shorten torso.  On the slip I lengthened the hem by 2 inches and it was still too short for my liking.
I did not have to shorten the hem it has a mock wrap front that is asymmetrical so no tripping as I walk and the back gets swept up in the breeze.

If I were to make the pattern again I would remove some ease in the  bodice it was designed for the chiffon to be pleated and bag out but I would prefer a sleeker fit on my truncated torso.

The vents on the sleeve pattern are oblong shaped, this was a fun detail and unlike any other I had previously constructed.
The pattern did not call for interfacing on the vent facing but adding it made my chiffon sable and easier to construct the faced vents. 

I serged the raw edges of my facing which allowed me to easily and cleanly turn under my facing on the sleeve inside thus achieving a clean finish for the vents.





19 comments:

  1. This dress is so pretty! I also like the way you styled your hair - it looks great!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I am entering a hair grow out phase... we will see how long it lasts.

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  2. Excellent. I can just see Amy Adams in this! Love that you went for a totally different style for this.

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  3. Fabulous! Love that sleeve detail!

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  4. Fabulous dress! I recently watched American Hustle and was so entranced with the dresses that I have no idea what the movie was about - and I'll watch it again just for Amy Adam's wardrobe.
    I love the pictures in this post - so glamorous and dramatic, perfect to pair with the strong green color.

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  5. You look great in the long skirt. I especially like the action shot of the skirt flowing in the wind...very dramatic.

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  6. Swoon! This is stunning Melody!

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  7. This dress is amazing, you look great in it and I'm loving the colour!

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  8. Oh wow! This is amazing! I love your fabric choice. It could be perfect for a day at the beach or even during spring with black socks. I love the color :)

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  9. You. Nailed. It. Absolutely killer Melody! Well done! Number One...You look fabulous! Number Two...mad skillz. Number Three...love the attention to detail with the styling! You Rock!

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  10. This look is a knockout!! The color combination, styling, and everything is perfect!

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  11. Trust me, you can pull off the look. You look fantastic. That shade of green looks very good on you. Perfect!

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  12. This is fantastic, Melody!!! You did an amazing job. I love everything in it and thank you for showing us how you deal with the vents in the sleeve.
    Love the photos and you look great :-)

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  13. So cool! The colour is fabulous on you, and I love that little sleeve detail.

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  14. OMG I love this!! You look like a super hero ;)

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  15. Love, love, love this look, as well as your new hair style! Both are awesome!

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  16. Great dress! I can clearly see your inspiration and you executed it perfectly! Chiffon is so tricky and your dress looks pro. Love the print and color as well!

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  17. Who'd of thought 70's fashion could rock this much- those sleeve vents are to die for! i'm now inspired big time thank you :)

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  18. Chiming in late here. But Oh My Freakning Goodness. This dress is stunning. You are the bidnezz!!! Love, love, love.

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Happy sewing!
Melody

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