The “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” Dress
Fabric: Loosely knit cotton from Vintage Fashion Expo – $13.75 for 2 3/4 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 1356 from eBay – ~$2
Notions: Vintage red buttons $0.50
Year: c. 1945
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: March 2010
Wear again? Not without making alterations.
I have to believe that this dress is my punishment for not keeping to my 1940s dress hiatus. As the title says, I don’t want to talk about it. But I will.
This dress had such promise. I thought the pattern was really cute and I really liked the striped fabric I got at the expo. I had been wanting to do a striped bodice on the bias to get a chevron thing going on and it turned out really well. And then I made the rest of the dress.
There is so much I hate about this dress, let me count the ways:
- The length is too short because I didn’t have enough fabric
- The cuffed sleeves are a disaster, both in construction and in concept
- The stripes are just too much
- It’s totally unflattering and makes me (and my big arms) look like I’m to start a brawl
- It had so much potential
What’s especially disappointing about this dress is that I made two dresses last week — one was another failure and I didn’t bother posting about it.
I’m going to chop the cuffed sleeves off of this one and just go sleeveless. I can’t do anything about the length, but with the sleeves gone, I’ll have one less thing to complain about.
UPDATE: I modified the dress and wrote about it here
Did I mentioned I don’t want to talk about it?
Oh, and I didn’t do my hair since I got it colored this morning.