Continuing on from my last post… here are some pretty dresses for more of an evening party. Perfect for “evening reception” wedding invites, or just for a night out! Some are already in full on sparkle mode; others partyfied by style rather than yarn. Most of my chosen crochet dresses will work as crossover pieces with a little judicious yarn choice. Like these;
I was recently sent this made in many colours of stash busting cotton; it looked completely different-and just as stunning.
So, they will work for daytime in good old plain cotton, but if made in a glittery thread – pow ! Party mode 🙂 .
This wonderful trouser, palazzo or pantsuit – depending where you are- looks stunning in this metallic thread. It is made in Twilleys “Goldfingering” thread which is beautiful… and still available! Maybe I should put that in capitals, as substituting for a vintage thread seems to cause such angst. I do send my own notes to help with all my pattern sales… but people’s access to yarn varies so much, so it is impossible to give a definitive alternative for each pattern or yarn.
It is thin (thinner than 4 ply) but very dense; it has wonderful drape as a fabric once made, although it is a little springy and scratchy to work for the first few rows. It is also quite heavy to wear, but wonderfully swishy.
Here are some more made in this lovely thread. A gaucho suit (yes, really-their words not mine! The mind boggles as I thought Gauchos were a kind of cowboy… so not very suitable gear for them!) They do offer the alternative “culotte” which is a little closer…
The girl on the right is wearing a copper tone Goldfingering which ( IMHO is even more gorgeous than gold ). So is the set below
( WZ398 is a similar dress in plain yarn – if you need help to visualize the difference.)
Or, to wear over any plain evening dress, this delicate “Irish crochet” jacket.
Here is a little find from a family circle magazine; a dainty dropped waist dress… and a bonus gold suit with it!
“Other metallic yarns are available”. As they say on telly!
Jaeger had “Astral-spun” used for the 630 above and this fab set.
The outfit is such a useful one in any combo; but she is another one who looks a little worse for party wear, like her mate from the previous post.
Another pantsuit – this one from Ladyship wools; very on trend for a retro seventies look… the chain belt is option, they helpfully point out!
Robin had a yarn called Moonlite… very glittery and with some interesting evening garments that are both knitted and crocheted. The logo had a curlicue outline which some bright spark took delight in placing on the models features -with varying degrees of weirdness!
This one has amazing sleeves and square neckline… and an unfortunate dripping nose logo placement!
The other is a short outfit with a crochet textured skirt and detailing (and only a “teardrop” of logo thankfully!) I can hardly bear to mention the pathetic attempt to theme the styling with a naff silver paper “moon”; they didn’t even have enough for a whole moon LOL… It is hardly noticeable on the dark background, so I don’t know why they bothered.
Or how about this scrumptious full on “dolly bird” dress from the sixties. It has the fitted bodice, slightly high waistline and short flirty skirt that was such a flattering combo. It is from Emu, in “Candlelite” yarn.
Actually I have several with this thread; all from the same styling set (which is a tad tacky to be honest ). Another themed link ( the “Candlelite” /romantic one ) they obviously went on location to romantic France, but only had one hat between them!
I do like those shapes; neat bodices and nice skirts!
The next one is also neat but moving into the seventies with a midi length and deep scoop neckline. The candlelite is used as a bobble band edging and insert trim, like braid, on this one.
The Emu team must have liked a good party; now I look, lots of the dresses I am thinking of this time are from Emu. Here is another one in a different yarn, beaded and “20’s flapper” inspired. ( I would leave off the headband unless its for fancy dress).
Then there are these dresses with the iconic-and briefly trendy, jabot neckline. This is a home based styling set, posed around some even more vintage cars. I have a lot of patterns taken with this setting, so it is easy to date them all together.
This is worth a close up as it is, unusually, a clear photo. Just look at the statement rings and the change of decade hairdos!
Now this charming dress is moving back to the crossover day to night kind of dress… maybe even Emus get tired of full on party mode!
And here is Jaegar getting back in on that style with this neat dress.
I will let you have a little drool over these-they speak for themselves really!
Just bear in mind they are completely customisable… you can lengthen – or shorten… go for pastel, moody dark colours, sultry black… or even neon if you like!
PS just a sad note to add; you may see some of these on sold elsewhere on Etsy. Some by other bona fide pattern sellers, but a few are in the shop of a Kiwi seller, being sold with my logo partially erased and no permission from [or payment to] me. She was given them, to make on commission, from one of my customers 😦 A bit cross about that; I would happily have shared if asked!