Thursday, January 7, 2010

Moo Moo for You?

Well, call it a Moo Moo and I envision Mrs. Roper.  This project is Moo Moo-esque. And it's fabulous!
Over the next several weeks I will be experimenting with a basic moo moo style dress and tweaking it to satisfy my bohemian, hippie-chic, and maybe pseudo-futuristic wardrobe fantasies (don't even ask).
I think it's a versatile style that can bridge the span from super skinny to sexy curvy. 

I will be using this vintage pattern in large (bust 38-40) as a jumping off point.  I know it isn't necessarily meant to be a moo moo, but I made it extra big for my body type.  I found this picture on the internet, so just ignore the size marked on it.




I made a dress based on this pattern yesterday.  It's more hippie-chic than futuristic, but with maybe a tad Geisha glam. The fabric was from a large bundle my grandmother sent me, and has apparently exchanged hands many times in my extended family.  I guess I'll be the one to finally use it. It's a light weight woven that has a nice drape to it.


I deepened the neckline and added some pleats at center front and some small gathers at the collarbone on each side. I kept the drop shoulders and sleeve length the same as suggested on the pattern.
I put the suggested zipper in the back, but since this pattern is a size large, and I'm more of a medium-ish gal, and with the deeper neckline, I can just slide it over my head ignoring the zipper altogether.  I decided to keep the zipper to make it easier for a slightly larger body type to be able to easily get into and out of, thus making this a dress that can easily fit more than one body type.

The belt is a very long strip of cotton and jacquard stitched together for the double contrast.
I deleted one of the pockets because I like a little asymmetry.  
You'll notice the inverted pleat at the back skirt that I added.  I don't know, I was feeling funky.  I incorporated sideways tucks along the pleat to give it texture and visual interest. Vintage green lace was added to the bottom just 'cause.
 


















If you are thinking about making a spring dress (which can easily convert to a quick swimsuit cover-up ... just make it a mini), consider the moo moo ... just add a belt, unless you like the tent look :)

Thanks for reading!!

Jules Mae

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