It’s Spring! Sporting Dress
Fabric: Stretch Poplin from Fabric.com – 3 yards for $7.47
Pattern: VPPL T7746 – Free (Got it for reviewing another VPPL pattern)
Notions: White buttons – $1.00
Year: c. 1934
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: March 2010
Wear again? Yes, especially in Spring.
Total Cost: $8.47
I have to thank my spinning instructor and stretch poplin for making this dress possible. It’s a 34 bust, 37 hip and though it’s very snug, it fits well enough to wear. This dress would NOT have fit three months ago. I took a gamble in choosing this pattern because I usually sew a 36/38 bust. However, its adorableness made it irresistible.
It’s another pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library. I received it free because I reviewed this dress over here (the lovingly named Ghost Dress). Like the previous dress, the directions are sparse. However, for anyone who sews, it’s easy enough to put together without really needing any instructions. In fact, there are really only 3 main pieces if you decide to use a store-bought dress. I forgot to put the pocket on, but this can be remedied easily enough.
I made one major modification, however. The instructions called for either folding over the raw edges of the collar, armholes and ties and stitching OR just using bias fabric/tape to seal the edges. If I did either, I think the ties would look unfinished, especially considering that the underside of the fabric is much lighter.
Instead, I cut out facing pieces of the straps and the neckline/armholes and double faced it all. It was easy enough. I just cut additional pieces to match the ties and raw edges, sewed it on and turned it over.
Although you can’t tell from the photo, the buttons do go all the way down the front. Despite my insanely large button stash, I didn’t have enough vintage buttons — it called for 12. So I had to buy some repurposed white buttons from a local sewing shop. Once the buttons get to my hip area, they’re fighting for dear life to stay on. After I wore it on Sunday, I adjusted the buttons to be a bit closer to the edge and it fits much better.
Even with the facing issue, I would make this dress again in a heartbeat. I just love it. I also love the fact that I’m wearing a dress that was in style 76 years ago! It truly is amazing to think how fashions from the beginning of the last century can still be worn and not look incredibly odd (or at least, I don’t think it looks odd.)
If you’re in search for inexpensive patterns from the 1930s, The Vintage Pattern Lending Library is such an incredibly awesome resource.