4.26.2009

sunshine and shadow dress


Last summer I obsessed over this dress (by Sunshine and Shadow) for months, but in the end prudence won out. I realized I really couldn't afford it. So a year later, I finally got around to making one of my own! It was so fun to sew something just for me. Also, I've never purposefully made a straight up knock-off of something before, so this was a good challenge. I tried to make it look as much like the original as possible using only photos I found online. I love it, and best of all it fits me perfectly. The one downside is that it's too short for a dress because I ran out of fabric, so I'll wear it as a tunic. The only photo I have of me wearing it is this photo strip from the Junior Boys concert on Friday night. So many of my friends were there, and it was awesome.

Hey, guess what? I'm going to New York next weekend, and my birthday is in 10 days!!! Joe's birthday is 3 days before mine, so we'll celebrate together in New York. He's going to be 30, which is officially an adult in my book. I'm so nervous about finding an apartment. If you're reading this and you live in New York, please e-mail me if you hear of anything good.

Our realtor came over to our house yesterday to assess things, and he's going to start showing the place to buyers while we're in New York. Right now we're frantically doing some last minute touches and fixing things up. Our house is going to look so good that I won't want to leave it!

22 comments:

miss sophie said...

that is such a lovely dress! i wish i could make myself something to help curb sartorial temptations...my wallet would definitely thank me! :)

kate said...

oh jenny, your dress (tunic) looks so great!
i too obsessed over that dress but decided against it.
have fun in NYC!

sew nancy said...

i love the fabric combination
and the photo strip is really fun

erica said...

looks really great! now i want to take mine out of the closet and compare. i actually think it would work better as a tunic, anyway.

atlantic treefox said...

such a good job! i wish i could sew...

Claudia said...

I'm so nervous for you!
When I think about looking for apartment my stomach gets sick!
Things will be fine for you, I just know!

Jennifer said...

I loved that dress, and your version of it is wonderful. I really want to learn how to make my own patterns...
Don't worry...
You'll find a place in NYC! I'll let you know if I hear of anything.

claire said...

jenny, i have no doubt you will accomplish everything you set out too.
have fun in new york!

Lena said...

wow it looks identical... you're amazing! i wish i had some info on apartments, but i haven't heard of anything. i'll keep my ear out.

melissa k w said...

so gorgeous! you are a talented lady.

terry said...

Hey Jenny, I live in NYC in the LIC/Astoria neighborhood of Queens. I know you're probably more inclined to find a place in Brooklyn, but there are several apts available in my building right now and it's a great place to live. Built in 1929, it's got some great architectural details and a really nice mix of people, great restaurants in the hood and it's a really quick commute to the Upper East Side & Midtown, if Joe will be working at one of the hospitals there. Let me know if I can help at all with your transition & best of luck!

Kristien said...

Jenny, what a gorgeous tunic--it looks so light and comfortable...perfect for walking around NYC and apartment hunting in this heat wave we've been having the past couple of days. Somehow you managed to make it your own even though you are calling it a knock off. The NY rental market has definitely eased up since you last lived here and I am sure you will find a great place. I've been living in the same apartment for the past five years, so unfortunately am not the best resource for apartment tips, but my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were looking at places about six months ago in the Lower East Side/Chinatown area and saw some palatial apartments on Allen Street for great, great prices. My friends also just bought a three bedroom in Park Slope for a steal. I am excited you will soon be a New Yorker again--so much inspiration for you here, and what a great location for Joe to have a residency. Best of luck to you two in your apartment hunt! And, happy early birthdays! Also, if you ever want to get together in NYC for a knitting club, please let me know. Oh, and your photo strip is so sweet. I also adore my sister-in-law and love to see pictures like this. I am sure she is going to miss you. Okay, I am writing a tome. Back to work now... All the best! Kristien

Modern Crush said...

Ohhh I love it!

britt said...

i hope that you have fun in New York! it sounds great. and the "tunic" is awesome!

Q_9 said...

the dress/tunic looks really lovely. you make so many of us envy with green ;-)-- both your talent and your future move to the Big Apple! have fun in New York!!!

amy @ switz~art said...

that dress is perfect!!
great work!

jones said...

perfect. is it linen? even more perfect.

Nadinoo said...

What a great idea! I have also been drooling over some pretties I can never afford, perhaps I could rustle one up too.. x

raquel raney said...

um - adorable.

Retro Elephant said...

I love your dress, it's so nice! Great work

//Lina

Mrs.French said...

so, so talented...if you ever tire of it send it this way..thanks! xo t

Patty said...

Is the pattern available for purchase? Thank you