A Raspberry Wine Maxi Shirt Dress

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Are you seeing double? I gasped when I saw Sallie’s June MSN project, done in the same print, different color way!

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However, Sallie’s mind was much more romantic and thoughtful about the whole enterprise, casting herself in a role she needed to create an ensemble for.

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Her role was American Beauty, mine is Raspberry Wine…how fitting is that. Now, neither of us knew we’d both picked this lovely viscose–to boot, we both had a mind to make a shirtdress, and we both had a mind to end the buttons well before the end of the actual dress!

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Sallie was perfectly cast in her choice of pattern. My role’s costume, however: Vintage Vogue 9106, was an exercise in fitting a square peg into a round hole. I slam crashed my way through various hacks and cuts until I got something that looked like me. The pattern doesn’t call for a maxi skirt with a curved hip panel, or edges finished with elastic picot trim, and it certainly didn’t mean to be sleeveless. (I’ll explain more later this week on my blog.)

I basically rewrote the role until it suited me.

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Which is actually just how I like it, so I guess I typecast myself in spite of myself!

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