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Mar 21, 2010

Cathy models the Joan Collins dress!

 

We couldn't have wished for a more glorious first day of Spring.

It was the perfect occasion for my cousin Cathy, still a little jet-lagged from her Paris-New York flight, to model my latest creation, McCall's 9037, the Joan Collins wrap dress.

As always, Cathy proved herself a trouper.  She wasn't completely sold on the Eighties look, but when I told her to "think vintage Thierry Mugler," her eyes lit up.  The rest, as they say, was a piece of gateau.

As always, this is more than just a photoshoot, but also a journey into the life of a complex, albeit highly glamorous, woman.



If you'd like to see this slideshow full size -- highly recommended -- please click on any image and watch it in my Picasa gallery from start to finish (click "view all" and then "slideshow" in the upper left hand corner).  It's a veritable thrill-ride.

You can also read my Pattern Review here.

(Cathy completists can catch earlier adventures here and here.)

Thanks go out to Michael for his wonderful photography -- and his patience.

Happy Spring, everybody!

26 comments:

  1. awesome!! Loved the slideshow, and of course, the gorgeous dress...

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  2. That slide show is hilarious. Cathy really channels the 80s in that dress. And I agree the 80s was all about the 40s (at least as the Dynasty looks went).

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  3. Loved the slideshow...laughed out loud at Cathy's aristocratic pretentions. Those espadrilles are to die for -- I want them. The dress, of course, was amazing.

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  4. I don't blame Cathy from mother-avoidance. There is nothing comforting about a mother with a devilish intent and hidden agenda....

    I am glad Cathy was able to engage in some retail therapy - the espadrilles are fantastic - I have a very similar pair - but no Dynasty dress to match them with :-(

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  5. I love Cathy and I can't have enough of her adventure.

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  6. Best slide show to date! Your Aunt looks like a real piece of work, I don't blame Cathy for high-tailing it out of there one bit!

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  7. Absolutely brilliant. Next time Cathy's in London she should stop by a sale of Angels the Costumiers: http://www.angels.uk.com/retrosalejan10.html. She'd love it!

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  8. I agree with Cathy - sometimes you just can't resolve the whole "Mommy Dearest" thing, at least I never could. Dress, shoes, hat, all - magnifique! So glad to see that Cathy had a lovely day in New York (wasn't it amazing? We will be paying for this for the next week, however).

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  9. Love the slideshow. The dress is perfect for a summer day of looking back. Your mom looks like a real piece of work though. Did she ever give back Rosemary's baby?

    Jeff in VA

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  10. Oh, the intrigue, the suspense and drama - played out with such fashion!! Bravo! :)

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  11. Thank you for all the work you put into this posting. You are certainly livening up the sewing blog world!

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  12. Thank you Peter!
    What a fabulous job on the dress, and Cathy looks tres chic as always.

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  13. First of all, this was my favorite slideshow story EVER. Secondly, I think I need a dress just like that!

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  14. Cathy rocks that dress better than anything I ever sewed/wore in the '80s. Great job, and very entertaining slide show!

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  15. Cathy rocks. The dress is classic. It's amazing how you were able to re-purpose a bedsheet into a vintage dress. The slideshow was awesome. Great job!

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  16. Fabulous, but Cathy really does need the triple strand of pearls. I'm a bit surprised that such a fashionable gal doesn't have a fully-stocked wardrobe of pearls . . . they're such a fashion essential!!! The slide show was such fun . . . what a delightful day!

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  17. as always, Cathy looks fab. And I've decided I do like her new hair. Short is so in right now.

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  18. so gorgeous ... dress, hair, shoes, day, slide show! you reminded me of so much of my trip (last august) to new york: the flea markets, the fancy manhattan buildings, the train, the benches in central park. thanks for the trick down memory lane.

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  19. That is the best damned looking sheet I have ever seen. So perfect for a spring lovely dress.
    And thanks a lot you shoe enabler. I need a pair of espadrilles now.

    I think Cathy needs a little more length on the hair and maybe a touch lighter. But that may be the pattern envelope and bright spring sunshine influencing my visage.

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  20. The espadrilles are inspired. I would never have thought to pair them with this dress. They look terrific. Cathy is lucky to have such a talented sewing cousin.

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  21. Awesome... Awesome slide show. Luv the dress.

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  22. Love the slide show and Cathy! She, and the dress of course, look fab!

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  23. Love the photo-novella and the dress!

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  24. Love the espadrilles! That is a fab dress, the collar/drapey thing is really cool. Fun shoot and story!

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  25. Cathy looks terrific as usual. She has such an innate sense of fashion. It is a privilege to watch such an elegant woman. Hope that someday she will find it in her to resolve her "mommy issues," but I totally understand that it is much more complicated than even we know. Thanks for the update.

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