Holiday Party Dress
Yes, this is a holiday party dress. Why? Because our company throws our holiday party in January, not December, and I'll be wearing this on creation on Friday.
Fabric: Main fabric is a black cotton blend with stitched white flowers from Stone Mountain & Daughter $15, sash made from red linen fabric found at garage sale for about $1, lining is black lining from stash.
Pattern: McCall's 5177
Notions: One 12" zipper (from the stash of zippers bought at this garage sale.)
Time to complete: About 8 hours.
Year: c. 1959
First worn: January 2010
Wear again? Definitely. I can put a more casual belt on for a less formal look.
I acquired this pattern at the December Alameda Antique Fair. For about $20, I purchased eleven 1950s patterns — a great deal. Made even better were the fifteen or so 50s era patterns the seller gave me for free because they didn't have envelopes! Coincidently, Erin featured this pattern on A Dress A Day a couple weeks ago.
It was a wonderful pattern to work with — the bodice, from the instructions, seemed intimidating to construct at first. However, once I got my mind around what was going on, it was a total snap. The only thing that made this dress a pain was the size — a 34 bust. I'm not capable of resizing a pattern yet so I simply adjust the seam allowance based on my shape. That led to less material to work with and general frustration on my part. If this was my size — a 36/38 bust — it would have been super easy.