The Take Me Out to the Ballgame Dress
Last week I told myself that I was going to take a brief break from the 1940s and sew something a bit more modern — like something from the 50s or 60s. (My view of modern is a bit skewed.) However, the my desire to sew something from a different era was quashed by the fabric stash I acquired last weekend in Alameda. That said, I not only sewed this dress but also a shirt, skirt and, oh-my-goodness, trousers. All from 1940s patterns.
Fabric: Red linen $1 from garage sale; Main fabric from Alameda Antique Fair: ~ $7.50 for 3 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 2126 - $2.50 from an antique shop in Boise, Idaho (Thanks, Krissy!)
Notions: Vintage buttons from Etsy ~10 cents
Year: c. 1945
Time to complete: About 4 hours
First worn: February 2010
Total Cost: About $11
I lovingly call this dress the Take Me Out to the Ballgame dress due to the baseball shirt-like contrast sleeves. As far as construction goes, this is probably the one dress that I basically didn't make a single error. And guess why? Because I took the time to cut every notch and mark every notation from the pattern! Who would of thought those little marks weren't just suggestions? I'm seriously impatient when it comes to marking notches and usually will just guesstimate the placement. However, because it was vintage fabric and a somewhat complicate sleeve, I decided that going slowly would be in my best interest. I have to say it made all the difference in the world. By taking my time and having every notch line up, construction was a breeze. So, my lesson to all you impatient sewers like myself is FOLLOW THOSE MARKINGS.
I don't think the photographs do justice to the main fabric print. While I love the fabric, I worry it gets too close to "hey look at the dress I made out of my feedsack." It's certainly not sophisticated, but it certainly is cute.