This particular dress is copied from one that Catherine Deneuve wears in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, as designed by Jacqueline Moreau. I think it will be a summer favorite. Picnic anyone?
I wanted something iconic, but in more subtle kind of way. I narrowed down my list of favorite films to those with my favorite costume design. One image sort of stuck. Think color. Think rain. Think music. Now think it all in french.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) is the sadly romantic tale of young love. Set in a coastal town of Cherbourg, teen-aged Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) falls in love with Guy just before he is shipped off to the war in Algeria. Not even working in an umbrella boutique or wearing the most amazing technicolor dresses can brighten life for pauvre Genevieve. The film is beautifully moving even without dialogue, because (surprise!) it’s a musical. A heart wrenching musical. Oh, you’ll cry.
- Fabric: Blue and white cotton gingham.
- Pattern: Simplicity 2444. I am kind of loving the bodice. I might revisit this pattern later with a stiffer fabric.
- Year: 2010
- Notions: Zipper and thread. I might have used some lace as hem tape for a fun surprise.
- Time to complete: Maybe 4 hours. Although techinically, the dress is still not done. I only remembered that I had not quite finished hand sewing the lining to the back zipper and that the dress had a few pins in it when I was mid-photo taking. Silly me. That’s what happens when you put a project aside for a little while.
- First worn: Photos. I am waiting for summer.
- Wear again? Yes please. I love gingham. (sigh)
- Total price: Gingham – $9. Everything else was in my stash.