Borrowed & Blue Floral Mini | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Blue Floral Linen Tablecloth $3
Pattern: Simplicity 8049 20 cents
Year: c. 1969
Notions: Zipper, $1 & bias binding, free
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: January 2011
Total Cost: $4.20
For some reason, when I op shop (aka thrift shop) I seem to buy a lot of blue floral material, and I don't sew with blue that often. I prefer blacks, reds and purples and often try and avoid too much floral! When I tidied up my sewing room earlier this year I had piles of blue vintage fabric and was delighted to hear that some of the Sew Weekly Contributing Team have the same problem! This won't be the last time you'll see 'Something Floral & Something Blue' from me, as I might try and adapt future themes to include my towering pile of blue vintage fabric!
Today's dress is a nice Simplicity pattern that I've had for a while and haven't made for a few years, but it's nice for me because it's a Miss Petite sizing, which always makes it easier for me to fit. I'm becoming more aware when I measure, cut and sew up of getting the right fit, because I have a bad habit of soldiering right through the pattern instructions from start to finish and then finding the shoulder seams are gaping or the bust is tight, and the waist it baggy.
The material is a stiff(ish) linen tablecloth, that looks like 1960s or 1970s perhaps, and when you sew with a tablecloth, you have to really look at every inch for: food stains (!) and rips and general wear and tear. So pattern placing is really important, and for this one I avoided a massive big tear in near the hem, and I also paid attention to placing the sleeves in the same corners, to get the edge flower (above photo) on both shoulders.
My 'groovy' vintage zipper with a circle pull! Instead of facing I used blue bias binding along the neckline, cause the fabric is kinda bulky, I didn't want to add extra material. Oh, and this dress (you can see in the pattern) has horizontal bust darts, but curvy vertical darts as well! These are great darts for getting the better fit for busty/hourglass/petites like me! My first fitting was snug for the bust and the waist, but the waist section of the long vertical bust darts was pretty baggy, so I shaved a little more off those darts and now it's a very good fit!