I just recently came across the above left photograph of Christina Hendricks. Isn't it breathtaking? I've never really been one for the whole Herve Leger bandage dress trend, but she wears this one so well. (Of course, it doesn't hurt that she's a GODDESS.) I just love the slightly edgy neckline detail. In fact, I've had this dress on my mind all week, wondering if there was a way I could adapt it to my style. And then I found the 60s sheath pattern (pictured on the right), and a new dress inspiration was born. Isn't there something so similar about the essence of each of these dresses? But I love how the bow gives a sweet vintage touch to what otherwise would look like a rather modern design.
Here's the pattern envelope (bought from Booty Vintage, by the way). I added it to my collection even though the neckline details would be easy enough to draft on one's own and add to a standard sheath dress. Sometimes I like to buy a pattern just to study construction details and such - sewing geekery at its best!
I think this would be just smashing in a clingy doubleknit for ultimate Joan Holloway curviness - fitted rather snugly, of course. I'm thinking a deep plummy red like Christina's dress above, or maybe even basic black.
And so another dress is added to the queue! Isn't it funny how inspiration strikes from out of nowhere sometimes - in the form of a dress just begging to be made? If only there were more time to sew . . . Story of a seamstress's life, right?