A little bit late for this weeks At The Races Sew Weekly Challenge, but better late than never, right?!
I present to you, what I’ve named the ‘Mod Ascot’ dress…..
Fabric: A black-and-white tartan A-line skirt I made ages ago that’s been sitting in my mending/alterations pile for a couple of years. Not 100% sure what it’s made of, but some sort of soft, heavy stuff with a fair amount of stretch to it. Also some black cotton drill that was in my scraps bin.
Pattern: Simplicity 8381
Notions: 60cm invisible zip ($8), two vintage buttons from my Great Aunt’s button stash, hook and eye at the back of the collar
Time to complete: 5 hours
Will I wear it? I’m not too sure, actually…..
Total cost: $8 (dratted expensive invisible zip!!)
I had a couple of hiccups with getting this dress made in time – I was really wanting to get it finished before the weekend as my mother came up to visit from Dunedin (hi, mum!), but I didn’t quite succeed so it got put on hold until after the weekend. At which point I discovered I didn’t have a zip long enough, so had to wait until a day I could get to the fabric store. Today, at 2 minutes before they closed – yay! (Thank you lovely fabric store people for letting me run in and get a zipper while you were closing up – you’re awesome.)
My other hiccup with this was trying to figure out what fabric to use – after so many black based Sew Weekly challenges, my black and white fabric supplies are running somewhat low! After debating about what to do for quite a while, I remembered this black-and-white tartan floor-length A-line skirt that I made ages ago and that’s been in my things-to-mend-or-alter pile for a couple of years. Voila! Fabric for the black-and-white challenge! There wasn’t much of it though, so a paw through the pattern collection yielded only a couple of dress patterns that it would fit onto. One of which was also, conveniently, in my Sewing Through the Decades plan. Pretty convenient, huh? I managed to bust some scraps, sort out a reconstruction, and also knock another item off my Sewing Through the Decades plan! (Which also handily fits in with the new Sew Weekly challenge – Refashionista.
I’m not 100% sure about this dress though, I must admit. The pockets and the collar just don’t seem to work. Or maybe it’s just that it’s so not my usual decade that I feel kinda weird in it. I don’t know. I tried putting a belt with it, in case it improves it. What do you think? Is it wearable at all? Should I try removing the collar and/or pockets and see if it makes it better? With or without a belt? (Argh! I just don’t know!!!)
I did a small bust adjustment to the pattern and shaved some off the bust curve, but other than that I left it alone. (Although the sleeves are about 2cm shorter than they should be, as I ran out of fabric to make them the right length!)
This pattern was reasonably easy to make up. The pockets were a bit of a pain, though – I just couldn’t get the cotton drill to press into a nice curve. Gah. Next time I might try cutting out a template from cardboard or similar and pressing around that and see if that works……
I didn’t have a hat to wear for this, so thought I’d do the mix-and-match black-and-white theme instead, so you’ve got striped tights and a black-and-white spotted headscarf, just for that clashing pattern fun. Woo hoo!
Steve took the photos – he wanted to experiment with mirror ones. (Perhaps also because he was being lazy and didn’t want to get out of bed where he was reading while surrounded by two cats? Hmmmm. Maybe.)
So, what do you think, honestly? Wear it? Modify it?? Just get rid of it??? (Sigh, two dresses in a row I’m not happy with. Grrr.)