I need your help deciding…

Hey peeps!

I usually don’t post over the weekends but I have a project I’m working on and I could use all of your thoughts/opinions about color schemes before I cut out my fabric.

The pattern I’m making is Simplicity 3016:

Cute no?!  :)

Anywho… I already cut out fabric for the bodice and skirt pieces.  The bodice is a classic red and the skirt portion is a (matching) classic red and white gingham fabric (similar to the shades below).


I’m planning on adding a white, wide belt (cummerbund) as is shown in the pattern envelope also in order to create a bit more depth between the red cotton bodice and the red and white gingham skirt (mainly so it doesn’t look like I look a square dancer).

Please tell me I won’t look like a square dancer?!  Not that there’s anything wrong with square dancing or people who do it… but I’m going for more of a cute, whimsical sort of dress perfect for summer days and picnics which doesn’t include square dancing.

How does this sound so far?

The next, main part I’m looking to get your thoughts about are potential piping colors on the red bodice and also a color scheme for a jacket.

You can see in Version 1 (girl in white) is wearing an embroidered organza jacket and the girl in version 2 (pink) is holding her jacket.  I’m highly debating making a jacket to match, but I need all of your thoughts to help me decide.

Appended:  The most awesome blogger/knitter/seamstress Annabelle just offered me up the cutest bolero pattern you ever did see!  It’s now for certain that I’m going to make her bolero pattern instead of the jacket that goes along with my pattern.

But I still need your thoughts about the color scheme with this new bolero pattern!  So keep voting.  :)

Isn’t it perfect?!

To make it easy on everyone, I’ve created a handy little poll which I hope you all approve of.  :)

In order to see the results, you just have to go ahead and vote yourself.  Sound good?  Okay, let’s go.

I’m closing the ‘polling booth’ at 6pm CST.  So be sure to get your votes in…. And can I just let you know now that it’s a CLOSE race!

With this final question, feel free to select up to 2 options, if you’re like me and can’t decide.

I got a bit carried away with the answers on the last question, but all combinations could really work… I just don’t know which to pick!

Help!  Please help me decide, and I’ll make the winning selection.  Sound like a plan?

And if you have more thoughts that weren’t covered in the poll feel free to comment as usual.  :)

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Comments (12)

  1. Angela W. January 28, 2012 — 12:51 AM

    I love that you put this up to a vote!

    1. Liz January 28, 2012 — 8:34 AM

      Heh, thanks! I really can’t decide so I figured who better to ask than everyone. :)

  2. ELISABETH YOUR COUSIN! January 28, 2012 — 12:59 AM

    This is so adorable! Not country line dancing whatsoever haha I would love to learn how to do these things

    1. Liz January 28, 2012 — 8:33 AM

      Thanks so much, Cos!

  3. Hi Liz – I love this pattern. I’ve been dreaming of making a charming 1950s dress for summer too! I entered my vote, but thought I would share an explanation as well. I like the idea of gingham piping because I think it will pull the dress together. I said no to the jacket because I think that it will take away the feminine shape of the dress. In the organza it works because it is sheer, but I feel that in any other fabric it will make the dress look full on top and bottom – giving hardly any female a figure. It looks great in the drawing, but her waist is the same size as her neck.

    If you want a jacket, perhaps a more form-fitting bolero style would work with this pattern? I have a pattern in my stash. If you like it, I would trace it and send you a copy.

    1. Liz January 28, 2012 — 8:33 AM

      Thanks so much Annabelle. It’s hard to picture the mini-jacket since the only picture I have is that sheer one on the pattern envelope. The votes are pretty close between having a jacket and not having one. I promised to make whatever was voted on, but as a bonus, if it looks horrible I could always take it off. :)

      I REALLY love that bolero from your stash; it’s adorable! I don’t have anything like that in my stash! I’d only consent to having you trace and send the bolero pattern to me if I’m able to return the favor somehow (sending you a pattern/fabric, or tracing a pattern for you too).

      1. That settles it! I will trace the pattern and send it to you (along with the instructions). Knowing that you love it is enough of a reason for me to want to share. Once I have the pieces traced out I will contact you for your address (unless I get really creative and am able to turn it into a PDF – but most likely I will send it snail mail).

        1. Liz January 28, 2012 — 12:17 PM

          OMG! That’s really so awesome of you! Feel free to use whatever method is most easy for you (snail mail or pdf). I just appended my blog post to include the bolero instead of that short sleeved, cropped jacket.

          I like your bolero idea so much more, so that now you can see through to my red bodice!

          Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :)

  4. Corinne January 28, 2012 — 8:37 AM

    Well, I just entered the time machine! Now, remember I am a bit older than you and your readers. My Aunt Jean was an expert seamstress. My Cousin, her only child, had all of her clothes custom made. While she was older than I, we shared a fashion passion. Guess who got all the hand-me-downs? I had view #1, worn once by Cousin, several times by me. It was in a yellow embroidered eyelet nylon of some sort. The jacket part was sheer, the dress underlined in batiste. Absolutely a super cute look, perfect for you.

  5. I don’t think you’ll look like a square dancer. Just don’t pair it with cowboy boots and triangular shaped square dancing crinolines! Gingham is so picnic! :)

  6. Lauren January 30, 2012 — 10:29 AM

    I think it is going to turn out really cute!! Word of warning, though – gingham is always going to make you look like a picnic blanket. Always. Just be ok with that (I am!)! As long as you keep away from the ruffles & crinolines, you won’t look like a square dancer. What’s wrong with looking like a square dancer, anyway? I mean, there’s always the Long Hollow Jamboree – square dancing every Saturday! And yes, that is in my hometown lol.

    I voted gingham piping on both the jacket & the bodice, and keeping the jacket white. I think the gingham piping will tie everything together, as opposed to making it look like you ran out of fabric for your skirt so you used a picnic blanket to literally cover your butt, you know? Ha! And I think a white jacket will look perfect with the white cummerbund.

    1. Liz January 30, 2012 — 10:41 AM

      Heh. Thanks so much Lauren! :)

      Oh my, I am in the process of making a crinoline to go underneath my skirt to add in some poof…. We’ll see how it looks in the end. hehe As long as I look like a ‘cute’ picnic blanket and not an ‘omg is she wearing a picnic blanket?!’ then I’ll be alright.

      I’ve actually never square-danced besides in gym class in 7th grade… I’m sure its fun and I’d have a ball. But I rarely see anyone wearing gingham in Chicago. Even cowboy hats are a rare sight! I see one maybe once or twice in the summer. Perhaps I’ll just have to come down to your neck of the woods… :)

      Thanks for voting. White piping was winning all day Saturday for the bodice but it seems that gingham has taken the lead.

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