The Twiggy Dress

The Monthly Stitch, a collective with a monthly challenge, which I sometimes accept, had a really great theme for November. Something from a Sewing Book.

I love Sewing Books! Here’s my list. 

I have the Colette Book, sewing techniques, a book about pattern drafting, a book about copying RTW garments, a Belgian book on skirts, a Belgian book called Fabric for Dare-It-Yourselvers, two Spanish books that came with the apartment and THIS BOOK, Famous Frocks.

The book has a bit of sewing instructions in general and then come the dresses. 10 patterns with 2 variations each, that makes 20 dresses! The book set me back 20€. I say that’s a nice bargain!

Now I’m not saying that every dress in this book is my style. It totally isn’t. But the Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy (made by someone from my hometown and blogged about here), Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy definitely are my style, and maybe the Farrah Fawcett, Stevie Nicks and Madonna.
So for the challenge, I made a Twiggy.
This is what it looks like on me:
I love this dress. It is pink wool from the Great Belgian Fabric Haul and the buttons are made of wood. The placket on the front was a bit of a bitch, but all plackets tend to be like that. At least it was a decent size instead of those tiny fiddly things on shirt sleeves…

What more can I say about the construction? Nothing. It’s pretty straight forward and easy. Oh yes, pinked seam allowances. My favourite!

I don’t have match sticks for legs like Twiggy, so I usually wear this dress with polkadot stockings and boots. And a wool cardi from Mango that I have owned for about 6 years now. It’s starting to look a bit ragged, but I still love it, so it stays.

I may already be dreaming up another dress from this book, a Marilyn for dancing…

This is my best dance move…

Taking pictures in a sleeveless dress when it’s 10ºC outside, not so much fun as you would think looking at my pictures…

So any other sewing book I should add to my Christmas wish list?