“Okay, This is a Mumu” Dress
Fabric: Cotton from Joann's – 3 yards for $10
Pattern: Butterick 6009 – $4 from Alameda Antique Fair
Year: c. 1952
Time to complete: About 2 1/2 hours
First worn: July 2010
Wear again? Yes, with some alterations.
Oh, belted mumu, I should have quit while I was ahead.
Pushing my luck, I had another go at a belted formless dress this week. This one is Butterick 6009 from around 1952. The fabric is another surprisingly darling Joann's find that was just too sheer for this dress. Thankfully, I do have some fabric left over and have plans for a nice shirt.
The success of this dress is dependent on a bunch of "ifs." If I make it a little bit shorter. If I line it or wear a better slip. If I wear a bra that gives me a whole lot of support. If I'm sure that the pockets aren't sticking out and make my hips look even larger. If I wore a more suitable belt. If I wore a petticoat as intended.
I've been a little burned out on sewing these past couple weeks so I chose just to wear it "as-is." Hence the leggings and the awkward length. I think the dress is salvageable with a big hemming job and more structured foundation garments. That is, if I want it to have more a vintage and put-together look.
If I want it to look like some ill-fitting dress I got from Forever 21 that gives me mumu-sized grandma breasts, I think it's a pretty successful garment.