“I brake for birds, I rock a lot of polka dots, I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours, and I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. That’s just weird, and it freaks me out. And I’m sorry I don’t talk like Murphy Brown, and I hate your pantsuit. I wish it had ribbons on it,or something to make it just slightly cuter.”
–Zooey Deschanel (New Girl quote)
I knew as soon as I read about the leading lady challenge that I would choose Zooey Deschanel for my inspiration. I just love her style so much. I love the modesty, the retro feel, and how girly her style is. It’s classy, timeless, and completely wearable. I simply adore it! Zooey most often plays a supporting actress role but there are a few she gets to shine in as the lead. I especially loved her in 500 Days of Summer.
For the dress I used Simplicity 2444. The pattern doesn’t include a lining but I did fully line it because of the light color of my linen blend fabric for the dress. I lined the bodice first and had the dress nearly finished. I was just going to wear a slip for the skirt portion of the dress but you could see the pockets through the skirt, unfortunately. I debated on taking out the pockets for about 2.5 seconds and quickly dismissed that idea. You can’t get rid of pockets in a dress! So I lined the skirt portion of the dress as well.
I used an invisible zipper for the back rather than a standard zipper called for in the pattern.
I didn’t put in the front seam on the skirt since it seemed pointless, and I had to omit the back darts on the dress so it would fit my waist, which I thankfully discovered on my muslin. My pattern went up to a size 12 and apart from the waist, I was able to stay on pattern for the rest of the sizing.
I printed some bird silhouettes I googled online and cut out 15 different foam bird stamps using THIS tutorial. It really took a long time to make all those stamps! Because I had to cut out each shape twice in order to get enough height on the foam and not mess up while stamping.
I brushed each stamp with paint before stamping onto the fabric. Since the dress was completed once I stamped (so I could place the birds how desired), it was a little scary stamping the dress! But I love the end result! Zooey Deschanel wears a lot of black and white or black and cream with polka dots. I thought the birds were a good compromise from the polka dots as I wanted something unique.
I love the dress as is but toyed around with the idea of adding a peter pan collar to the dress. I wasn’t fully committed to it, so decided on making a cardigan with a peter pan collar on it. I used Andrea Pannell’s Parisian Top as my base and turned it into a cardigan with 7 buttons and a lace collar.
And there you have it. With a cardigan…
I love it both ways.
And for the record, I don’t hate pantsuits. But I do like that quote. ;)
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