Today's book is The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian. Set in the 50s, it follows the life of Roxanne Granville, the daughter of a Hollywood producer who wants to make it on her own. From selling a script by a blacklisted author, to falling in love with a handsome African American journalist, Roxanne never shies away from controversy. If you're looking for a book full of Hollywood glamour and some more thought provoking content as well, this might be the summer read for you.
Now on to the cover. Yellow seems to be the colour of the year, and this beautiful halter dress is right on trend. I would immediately go to View A of Butterick 5209, a vintage reissue, to copy this look. Even the pattern thinks that a wide brimmed hat is the perfect accessory for this dress.
Of course, to really carry this off you'd have to add a self-belt to the halter dress, perhaps with a belt kit like this one. And if you thought you could get away with it, maybe add some long gloves!
To get the flow of this cover dress, a lightweight cotton voile or a more shimmery polished cotton might do the trick. Layers of cotton organdy might give the skirt a full effect like this one as well.
This cotton lawn from Mood, in layers or lined, might give just the right lightness to this dress. And it seems like it's just about the right colour, too.
If you want to go a little more natural or earthy, try this Essex linen cotton blend from FabricSpark. Drapy enough for garment sewing, it might give a little body to this dress -- lining essential for the bodice, though!
What a fun post today! I immediately thought of that pattern, too.ReplyDelete
It's a pretty striking design, so it was easy to match this one up!Delete
I love that pattern and have used it many times, originally for a Dorothy Lamour inspired halter for my 5oth birthday, which was themed as 'Hawaii 5-0'. Fun!ReplyDelete
Ooh, that would look amazing! What a fun birthday theme :)Delete
What a match! You couldn't find better. Look forward to seeing it made?ReplyDelete
Haha, Sara, if only I had time to make every dress I had a pattern for :)Delete
This is a great feature! And I'm always up for a good book recommendation.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I haven't read all the books I match up for Cover Designs, but I do read all of the ones I review for the Weekend Reviews, and also put a lot of my other reading on my book blog, The Indextrious Reader, if you want to check out my non-sewing related reading ;)Delete