Tonight's post will be twofold--first will be the "red dress" story as required by the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge for week four (read more on it here). The second part of this post will be more on the construction of this dress (fabrics used, pattern info, changes and alterations, etc.)
|Here I am attempting my best impression of a 1960s pattern model. I feel like I look so jaunty. LOL.|
This dress is based on a 1969 Simplicity Pattern, 7984. You can view an image of it here.
spring colored kind of lady, so spring greens, yellows, and oranges are much more my speed, so when I read that we would need to make a little red dress and have a good story on where we would go to in the LRD, I was *just* a bit freaked out, to be honest.
The one red dress I own is a gorgeous J. Crew dress from a few years back*, and it seems to be in the one color of red that suits my complexion, that red that has a lot of yellow in it. Unfortunately for me, I had only one yard cuts of any red that was similar in hue and that meant that any dress I would be making would have to be a LRD with some red printed material thrown into the mix. Fortunately for me Julie's Picks (a subscription swatch service at Fabric Mart) included this very pretty poly charmeuse in an abstract animal print that is the same red as the red solid fabric I had on hand. Score!
And since I am a bit wary of wearing solid red near my face (barring that one red dress from J. Crew and this top), I figured a pretty two fabric dress would be just the right answer to my LRD dilemma.
*I almost forgot this red dress--also a winner, but again, not a traditional blue-red.
The J. Crew dress was worn out in Paris, the red top was worn to a French restaurant, and this lovely red frock will be worn out (I am hoping!) to a nice dinner out to a steak restaurant where I can get some amazing cut of meat AND a glass of red wine in the same exact shade as my dress.
I wish I could go to Paris in this, but I will settle for someplace nice here in DC or Alexandria. ;-)
Since I didn't make this in time for my reunion last year, I think I should plan another get-together with all my high school friends this year so I can show it off. LOL. Well, and see all my buddies again. ;-) I am thinking it would be pretty great to have another dressy event, maybe drinks and dinner out? Tysons Corner is halfway for most of us, and they have some pretty great restaurants we could all meet at and catch up.
(And laugh a LOT. Turns out all those times I lamented not getting on with some folks at my kids school, etc., it was because I really need people in my life like my old high school friends. I miss seeing them everyday. They're good people.)
DETAILS OF SIMPLICITY 7984:
Since I am a short-torso, wide-hipped, yet small-chested lady, this dress pretty much fit everything I needed in one go. It featured a fitted bodice, an empire waist (which actually falls closer to my real waist, so yeah!), and an a-line skirt. It is a very sweet pattern. Though many patterns today are nice enough, the detail and little extras in this one make seeking out vintage patterns worth it. Even though I didn't end up adding a button to the collar or sewing on belt carriers, it is nice to have that option. I did add the sash, though, and even made it double-sided so it could be worn two ways for two different (sort of) looks.
I LOVE any pattern that includes back neck darts. I know I could just add them myself to modern patterns, but for easiness, it is good to have them there ready to go. Necklines almost always fit me better with neck darts. The Burda 7137 I made in week two features back neck darts, as well.
I also hand-stitched the lining to the zip. It takes a long time to do that, but I watched the awesomeful show Sleepy Hollow with my hubby while sewing. Have you all seen that show? As a history teacher I was a bit mortified. But I laughed my you know what off...
I do want to mention that I did a square shoulder adjustment on this pattern and I have to say this may be one of the best fitting bodices I have ever sewn. I am so stoked to have something fit me so precisely!
1. Julie's Pick Abstract Animal Print Poly Charmeuse in a red/black/silver/white used for the bodice and pockets.
2. Red Stretch Corduroy from Fabric Mart (remnant) used for the skirt and half of the sash.
3. Black Textured Cotton Canvas from Fabric Mart (remnant) used for half of the sash.
4. Ivory Acetate for the lining.
Vestiges Dress from Anthropologie, which I do own and love. I guess I was inspired partially by that. I look at Antrho catalogs and think, "hey, how can I make that myself?"
I used the same one I used for the first challenge for this dress and it worked very well. I love little surprises, so I made the pocket from the same material as the bodice.
Okay, that's all for tonight. By tomorrow the blog post with all of our creations will be up. Voting is now open here! I haven't won any challenge yet, and though that is never my goal (really love being challenged, because hey why not?), this week's prize is pretty darn good, so there you go. ;-)
Have a great night--talk soon!