The “Blåck änd Whyt Gynghamke” Dress
Fabric: Ikea fabric from Alameda Antique Fair – $3
Pattern: Qwik Sew 470 – $0.20
Year: c. 1970s
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: October 2010
Wear again? Yes. Have worn twice already.
Total Cost: ~$3.20
A few years back Ikea was promoting the twenty-fifth anniversary of their KLIPPAN sofa. For a moment, I thought, "wow, the Klippan is a classic!" Then I realized that, no, twenty-five years ago was actually 1979 and that's not really that vintage or cool. I guess I'm frozen in 1985 or something when twenty-five years ago actually seemed a really long time ago. Anyway, there is a point to this long preamble.
An item is only eligible for sale at the Alameda Antique if its at least twenty years old. While that might seem like an adequate enough restriction to maintain vintage an antique standards, keep this in mind: An Alf poster is eligible under that criteria. Now, I highly doubt that this (that had an Ikea copyright) fabric is even five years old, but that doesn't mean it's not cute and dress-worthy. I gladly paid my $3 not because I thought it was antique, but because it was a good deal.
The dress pattern itself is a Kwik Sew pattern from the early to mid 1970s. It was supposed to be made from knit, but I had no problem making it out of a not very stretch cotton. In fact, I was able to omit the zipper and still get it over my head.
This was another dress that I made for my trip to Hawaii a couple weeks ago. While it was perfect for that climate, in San Francisco I've had to layer with a vintage crocheted sweater I purchased at the Candlestick Park Antique Fair.