The “I Need a Break” Dress
After all the drama that was the “You Say Potato” Dress, I still didn’t have anything to wear to work this week. So, last night at 8:30, I headed to my pattern library with clear requirements in mind:
- No sleeves
- Least amount of pattern pieces possible
- No weird collars
- Basically, the easiest thing I could make.
Well, those requirements were all met in Simplicity 4429, which apparently, if you judge from its availability online, was pretty popular in its day. Start to finish it took about three hours to complete. It would have taken less time if I didn’t decide to work with a plaid. A plaid! What’s wrong with me? Oh, and two of the neck facing pieces were missing from the envelope so I had to create them from scratch.
Fabric: Fabric is a woven plaid from Alameda Antique Fair, $8 (total for 3 yards)
Pattern: Simplicity 4429
Time to complete: About 3 hours.
Year: c. 1962
First worn: January 2010
Wear again? Sure.
Oddly, I went to one potato sack to another, but this dress is meant to be paired with a belt, so the fit of this dress is acceptable. Take the belt off and it’s shapeless. Still, for three hours I am happy with the results and have happily paired it with a blazer I had in my closet.