The “I Want to Go to Bed” Dress
Fabric: Vintage linen – $0.30 for 3 yards from the best Estate Sale ever
Pattern: Simplicity 2101
Year: Simplicity 3836 c. 1960
Notions: vintage zipper – $.005
Time to complete: 3 hours, 45 minutes
First worn: August 2010
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$0.30
Simplicity 3836 makes a return visit — this time in vintage linen. Because of all my Gatsby sewing, I had been putting off my weekly creation night after night. So, on Tuesday night, I found myself looking through my patterns for my Wednesday dress. I remembered how easy this pattern was to complete — only four main pieces (plus facing and belt) and started cutting at 9pm. The fabric is a heavy linen from the Novato estate sale (let's all bow our heads to that estate sale) that I had never paid much attention to due to its weight. Once I had unfolded and started cutting, I realized it was perfect for this dress.
The last time I made this dress, I lucked out on the stretchiness of the fabric and didn't have to insert the zipper. I assumed that there was enough stretch with this dress and cut the back bodice on the fold as well. While I was right that I could get the dress on without inserting a zipper, it was not without a lot of contortions and a lot of sweat. Even though I was tired, I decided to cut the back bodice and back skirt and go the zipper route. And because I'm so scared of zippers, I took my time and actually did a decent job!
I love the sash on this dress — the photo doesn't do it justice.
I finished this dress in 3 hours and 45 minutes. I know the exact time because I actually looked at the clock when I was done. I owe the speed to my new serger. It's so wonderful to be able to finish the edges with such ease! We've had a bumpy relationship in the weeks since I got it, but I think I'm finally taking control of thing.
My only regret is that I didn't make it about an inch shorter. That's easy enough to remedy, though.