Something floral, something blue

This week on The Sew Weekly the challenge was ‘Something floral, something blue’, to encourage us all to use some of the blue floral fabric that is in nearly every fabric hoarders stash. Which gave me a good excuse to use the blue kowhai-blossom patterned fabric I picked up a couple of months ago. 🙂

For this one, I used a re-released vintage Vogue pattern, V1043, from 1953. It’s a pattern I’d always had a bit of doubt about, as it looked a bit plain and matronly. (Which makes it even more ironic that I choose it for the blue floral challenge, since many people’s fear about blue floral is that it makes them look matronly!) My fears about the pattern are now completely over – I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! And the waist definition removes any of those matronly fears.

And now for the stats:
Fabric: blue floral cotton from Spotlight on sale for $3 a metre. (Which made me very happy, as I’d been eyeing it up when it was $20 a metre but couldn’t justify the cost!)
Pattern: Vogue V1043 from 1953 (re-released)
Time to complete: 5.5 hours. Admittedly, 2 hours of that was cutting the pattern out, as I had to grade it down a size and it was a bit tricker than I expected!
Notions used: Invisible zip up the back. I’ll add a hook and eye above the zip at some point as well.
Total cost: Fabric: $12 (on sale), pattern: $5 (second hand from a fair), zip: $4 (on sale). Total cost: $21
First worn: Today! I’m wearing it to work with yellow sneakers, then on a camping trip this evening. 🙂

(And yes, these photos are taken in the middle of my house. Right between my bedroom and the front bedroom. One day soon, there will be a walk-in wardrobe here. Or that’s the plan, anyway. At the moment, it’s just a bit of a destruction zone!)

Something floral, something blue dress close up

Something floral, something blue dress close up

Something floral, something blue dress front

Something floral, something blue dress front

Something floral, something blue dress back

Something floral, something blue dress back

Something floral, something blue dress pattern

Something floral, something blue dress pattern

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5 responses to “Something floral, something blue

  1. I really love this dress. You did a great job.

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