1960s · Contemporary Pattern · Dress · Finished! · Modern Sewing · Vintage

The sheer-yoked Macaron and pineapple upside-down cake

Hard to believe we’re already in the middle of the week, readers! I meant to get this post up earlier, but the last few days have been a bit crazy for me, with both my museum internship and starting my last quarter as a college student (which has been scary, nerve-wrecking, and bittersweet all at the same time).

Anyways, Sunday was the much-anticipated Season 5 premiere of Mad Men, and I held a little cocktail party to celebrate! Of course, I had to have a new frock, and so I wore the one that I whipped up during spring break, using the Macaron pattern from Colette Patterns. I made several design changes, most notably omitting the sleeves (I did a bias facing along the armholes instead) and using a sheer lace fabric for the yoke. The rest of the body of the dress was made of a stretch black cotton sateen.

I really loved working with this pattern, it was really easy to sew up, and I love the pockets that are put incorporated into the pleats.

Back of the dress and view of the keyhole neckline, which closes with a snap and allows the dress to go on easier without tugging at the lace.

I definitely wanted to go with a more mid to late 60s feel with this dress, but also have a modern take on it as well, and so the Macaron was perfect for that. I also used this hair tutorial from the fabulous Casey of Elegant Musings to make a 60s-inspired chignon, and though it took a little fiddling at first, I was so pleased by the results at the end that I didn’t want to take my hair pins out when the party was over!

Speaking of the party, I mulled over the menu quite a bit, but in the end chose to make an Old-Fashioned Chicken Fricassee, which was delicious, albeit a little spicy.

Pineapple upside-down cake! Complete with my vintage 1950s white sheer apron.

I also made one of my favorite desserts, pineapple upside-down cake, using this recipe and substituting pecans for cherries in the center of the pineapple pieces. Readers, it was *so* delicious, and if you can get over the high sugar and fat content, I would highly recommend making one yourself (although butter does make everything better, doesn’t it?). In fact, it was so good that I made two (one for my party on Sunday, and another for the museum staff at my internship on Tuesday).

Anyways, I’ll be putting modern and vintage sewing on hold for a bit, asΒ I have several 1850s projects I need to work on. Oh, and the Titanic tea is like in 2 weeks, and I’ve only made a petticoat. So, hopefully I can get a good start on the rest of my Edwardian stuff this weekend.

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19 thoughts on “The sheer-yoked Macaron and pineapple upside-down cake

  1. You look gorgeous! Great job! I absolutely love the dress! I’ve been planning to do one with a sheer dotted swiss yoke (in ivory), but I’m not sure I can pull it off! Truly, this is unbelievably beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much for that lovely comment!

      And I think an ivory dotted swiss would be lovely for a yoke. And you can too pull it off! I’ve seen your mad skill when it comes to a needle and thread. πŸ˜‰

  2. I am so impressed. I’ve been flipping through the flickr pages for colette patterns, and without diminishing the great work other sewers out there are doing, yours was the first one that made me think think “I would totally pick up that dress if I saw it in a store.” Well done.

    1. Wow, thank you so much for that very sweet comment and visiting my blog! I definitely admire other Colette pattern sewers, as well, but I really wanted to create my own version of this dress, and I’m so tickled that you said you would pick it up in a store. πŸ™‚

  3. This is gorgeous. It’s simply perfect! I wish I had inherited my grandmother/aunts/mothers crazy sewing skills, cause I would definately love to sew something like this.. But too difficult for a beginner, I guess…. 😦

    Love how you redesigned the pattern though πŸ™‚

    I’m a new follower of your blog, and love your style in general.

    Cornelia

    1. Oh my gosh, thank you for such kind and lovely words!

      And don’t be discouraged! Everybody starts out as a beginner, and luckily genetics do not equal sewing talent (my grandmother and mother actually don’t sew, if you can believe that!). Just keep practicing your skills, and you’ll be sewing a Macaron in no time. πŸ˜‰

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