Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

I've never really felt like the thrift store gods are on my side.

I don't think they're working against me, necessarily. But I'm not usually one to find amazing cheap things in thrift stores. They just don't reveal themselves to me.

Until I found this pre-lit white Christmas tree at Goodwill for $15.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

When I saw it I nearly pounced on it, and I clutched it against myself for the rest of my visit, eyeing the other shoppers suspiciously but, I hoped, confidently. An employee offered me a cart; I refused. This tree was mine

When I got it home and plugged it in, one of the light strands was burned out, but I managed to find the broken bulb and replace it. This only fanned the flames of my white-Christmas-tree-finding euphoria; under the influence of raging bargain shopper's adrenaline, I may or may not have shouted "YES!" and clapped to the empty room. After a moment of basking in the fully-lit Christmas tree glow of victory I poured a glass of wine, blasted a Spotify Christmas playlist and dragged out my box of ornaments. It was a most triumphant night.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress
the smug face of said triumph

So anyway, on to the sewing! This is the newest pattern from my friend Christine Haynes, the Marianne Dress. It's a loose and comfy knit dress with kimono style short sleeves that become drop-shoulder sleeves when you add the longer sleeve option. There's a faux button cuff detail and also a peter pan collar, should you be so inclined.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress
attempted 'flattering' crossed leg position makes weird twisted fabric in back.
note to self: not flattering

It comes together really fast and the color blocking makes it such a good scrap buster! I have so many knit scraps that are too big to throw away but aren't big enough to make anything out of. They are perfect for this.

This gray fabric is a soft and lightweight jersey from Wanderlust (out of stock, but they do have it in lilac and mulberry). The green interlock I've had forever, and I'm pretty sure it's from one of the big chains.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

The pattern calls for three buttons on each sleeve, but I didn't have enough so I just did two. Which I liked anyway! Size wise, I cut a size 4, which was the size I should have cut based on my bust but smaller than my waist and hips. The pattern has generous ease so I figured it would be ok. I think next time I will cut out to a bigger size in the hips as I should have done based on my measurements. It's not too small but I just think I would prefer it a little looser there.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

I will definitely be making more of these. I think I want a shirt version. The cuff is barely more effort than your usual cuff but it looks so chic and polished. Because, duh, it's Christine.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

What's that? Oh, you want a closeup of some ornaments?

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

I really like Christmas ornaments. The bird is from this phase I went through when I thought someday I'd have a full sized tree with ONLY bird ornaments on it. Because I make plans like that. This tree marks a momentous occasion because I finally got to use the icicle ornaments I've been hoarding, unused, for at least six years. They're the long twisted silver ones. I got them at Pier One after Christmas because they were only $1 for a box of seven. They're made out of glass! And they're sparkly! I bought like ten boxes. How could I not?

I've never had a tree big enough for them to not look ridiculous. But now I do.

MY CHRISTMAS PLANS ARE ALL FALLING INTO PLACE.

Thanks, thrift store gods. I'll never doubt you again.

Christine Haynes Marianne Dress

14 comments:

  1. Gads, you and that Christmas tree and that dress are just so damned cute, I totally have a girl-crush on you. Which, coming from a 40+ mum-of-3, is probably well creepy. Soz...

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  2. Your tree looks just lovely! :) I love your marianne dress. The colourblocking is perfect and that green is so Christmasy. :)

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  3. Love love love love love! And I am 100% on board with the joy of the thrifted tree! Mine (have you ever seen it?) is a pre-lit pink tree that I scored on craigslist. And I love every inch of that tacky beast. <3

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  4. The dress is so cute Devon!! It's making me excited to make mine :)

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  5. Ahhhh, your tree is so festive and fun! I am an ardent Christmas tree enthusiast, and while I do a real tree every year (nowhere to store a fake!), your fun white tree is absolutely gorgeous! I'm gearing up for my annual Christmas tree tug 'o' war with the fellow... he's of the opinion that trees should be small and tidy and I want the biggest one I can cram into the apartment! Last year he was out of the country in early December, so my sister and I did a bit of drunken Christmas tree shopping and dragged home the biggest Christmas tree at the stand. It was a triumph! You should get a second tree just for your bird ornaments! OK, I'll stop... I'm getting too excited!

    The dress is just adorable on you! I'm trying not to buy new patterns, but I'm pretty sure I have to have this one now! The fit and style are perfect on you!

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  6. I love your tree! I also have a white tree with multicolored ornaments, and it makes me so happy. Unfortunately I can't put it up this year because my husband started working from home and his desk is where the tree used to go in our tiny apartment. Sad!

    Your dress is totally adorable! That style wouldn't suit me at all, but I might take the bodice and attach it to a gathered skirt, because the color blocking and the cuff are awesome.

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  7. Yes! What a find! One year my mom and I searched high and low for a silver tinsel tree but we couldn't find one. So, being the genius that I am, I wrapped our entire fake green tree in tin foil and then taped the lights and ornaments to it. Bahaha! Anyways, I really love your version of the Marianne! I've had THE worst time with sleeves/armholes lately so all the dresses that have drop shoulder/raglan style sleeves REALLY appeal to me. The armholes on the last pattern I made a muslin for were clearly cut for a 9 year old with DDD boobs. I refuse to believe there's an adult human out there who could have fit into that bodice!

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  8. This looks so amazingly comfortable! Cute dress

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  9. Love that TREE! And for $15! Even better :) I cannot wait to get our tree next week!

    Also you are looking super cute in that dress - I really love those cuffs!

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  10. Love everything about this, so glad the thrift gods were smiling on you!

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  11. Your dress is pretty awesome (those colors!) but I can hardly look at it because of that tree!! Amazing!!!

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  12. Great dress! And also great tights! I'm from Tennessee as well but live in Germany and my mom could send some over in the next care package...

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