When picking a dress for the weekly creation I set a requirement that I will actually wear it some day that week. If I don’t think I’ll ever wear it, it doesn’t really enter my wardrobe rotation. Here’s a dress that’s in that limbo — a dress my husband lovingly calls “The Ghost Dress.” He’s not a fan of long sleeves and seeing this dress on the dress form sort of freaked him out. While I think this dress would be fine for some sort of deco event, it’s just a little too out there for work. I sort of feel like a mother in the Our Gang movies.
This was a fascinating dress to put together since it was from a different source than usual — The Vintage Pattern Lending Library. It’s part of a seven-in-one ensemble from 1930. It’s a reproduction so the pieces are all crisp and lovely.
The instructions for this dress are minimal. In fact, they’re only about a paragraph of text. I joked to my friend that the instructions basically say “make this dress.” The amazing thing is that the pattern and construction are intuitive enough that the paragraph is really all that you need (assuming you’re fairly experienced). Nine months ago I wouldn’t have been able to make this dress. Now, however, I constructed it without a single problem and it fits marvelously. If you’re comfortable with instructions like “construct the sleeve,” then this should be easy enough to do.
Fabric: Vintage reproduction fabric $1 (total for 3 yards) from an estate sale, bow & belt from fabric from JoAnn’s ~$2
Pattern: Seven-in-one ensemble from VPLL $20.50
Notions: Vintage zipper, 1 vintage belt buckle ~$2
Time to complete: About 10 hours.
Year: c. 1930
First worn: Not yet.
Total Cost: About $25.50