The “I Will Never Wear a Batik Print” Batik Print Dress
Fabric: Batik cotton from Alameda Antique Fair – $10 for ~4 yards
Pattern: McCall's 6224 - $1 from Alameda Antique Fair
Notions: Vintage zipper – $.005
Year: c. 1962
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: April 2010
Wear again? Yes! Yes! Yes!
This past Sunday was the Alameda Point Antique Fair and although there was a good showing of vendors, I left with only one pattern, one pair of sunglasses and one piece of fabric. I actually passed on this fabric when I first saw it because it didn't seem truly vintage (the selvage width is 54" or 60") and I really don't like batik prints. Of course, once Krissy picked it up and showed interest in it, the fabric seemed a lot better — I'm competitive like that.
The good thing was that there were two pieces, one turquoise and one red and we were able to get both of them for less than $20. Not long after we both started having a bit of buyers remorse about the fabric. It just wasn't our style – batik prints, for goodness sake — and it seemed like the fabric that would be our stashes forever.
I told Krissy that it's this sort of fabric that surprises you. You think it's ugly at first, or at least a bit meh, and then once it's a dress you want to wear it every day.
My friends, this is that dress.
I absolutely love love love this dress. It's my first border print and I worked from one of the first patterns I purchased (McCall's 6224). The fabric is super lightweight but is substantial enough to feel like I'm covered and it's just a joy to wear. My only beef with the pattern is the basic 1950s/1960s silhouette issue of too much unnecessary gathering for non-petticoat usage.
Because I didn't want to add the ruffle detail that's suggested in the pattern, I made a little flower out of one of the border print circles.
I'm on the search of more border prints and can easily see that being my dress trend for the summer.