The “G&T Anyone?” Dress
Fabric: Vintage Waverly cotton – $3 for 1 3/4 yards from estate sale and white cotton scraps
Pattern: Simplicity 2101 – $3 from Etsy
Year: c. 1947 with a 1960s twist
Notions: vintage buttons – $.005
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: July 2010
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$3.00 (pattern was already part of another project)
Today's creation is the second in a series of dresses I'm sewing using Simplicity 2101. The inspiration for this series is Pattern Review's latest contest, One Pattern, Many Looks — I'm going to be making four dresses all from one view of 2101. The trims and slight variations (sleeve length, dress length, fabric choice) is all that will differentiate each dress. My ultimate goal is to create four dresses that each span a different period of time, this second one being my 1960s take.
If my last dress was what I'd wear as I cleaned house, this is the dress I'd wear as I sipped a G&T at the country club in the late 1960s. The fabric is Waverly home decor fabric I scored at an estate sale for $3. I never thought I'd make anything with it since there wasn't much yardage, but I couldn't pass it up. Because I knew this would be a fairly short dress with no sleeves, I took a chance and had enough for the main pattern pieces. The facings and undercollar were made from piece of white cotton scraps I'd save from another project.
I didn't make any modifications to the original pattern other than shortening the length and omitting the sleeves. The collar is still the basic Peter Pan collar — the difference being I didn't apply the top three buttonholes/buttons.
I love how the fabric makes such a difference from my 1940s take. It's the perfect dress to wear in the Summer. Well, Summer in anywhere else in the country other than San Francisco. I'm sure it will come back into rotation during our Indian Summer in October.