Not Yet Spring Kimono Dress
After a long stretch of rainy weather and cloudy skies, the sun came out long enough to inspire me to make a a Spring dress. The floral fabric, what I assume was some sort of household linen based on its finished edges, came from the my visit to the East Bay Depot for Creative Refuse. Looking at the photo, I wish I matched the two front skirt pieces better — you live and learn. I absolutely loved this pattern when I saw it on eBay. Out of character, I spent $15 on it. I only with I hadn’t let my love of the pattern’s illustration cause temporary amnesia regarding high necklines.
Fabric: Floral linen from East Bay Depot of Creative Reuse $8 (total for 2 yards), contrast fabric $1.95 from Fabric.com.
Pattern: Simplicity 1685, $15 from eBay
Notions: Vintage zipper, 3 vintage buttons from this estate sale.
Time to complete: About 8 hours.
Year: c. 1946
First worn: February 2010
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: About $25
The dress was super easy to easy to construct. However, I wish I had pleated, and not gathered, the top of the bodice pieces. The contrast bodice piece looks a little too hospital scrubby so a more defined pleat would have made it look more finished. Everything else was a breeze and it fits so I can’t complain.