Hot! Imitation and/or Flattery: A bit of wiggle room | Veronica Darling



The Facts

Fabric: vintage blue floral cotton stretch sateen type stuff – Gift from Mother in Law & light cotton stretch fabric for lining $2
Pattern: Vogue Easy Options 9668 $1
Year: c. 2001
Notions: Vintage zipper $1
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!

Total Cost: $4

Some of the vintage loving blogs that I follow post about Vivian of Holloway and one of my darling besties is often decked out in Stop Staring attire. So for the 'Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery' Theme, I turned my attention to those websites, because they do make such gorgeous modern day reproductions of vintage gowns. I'm not much of a shopper, or a browser of garments online or the real life shops, and tend to get inspiration from fabrics, patterns and people I see around town (Melbourne IS an amazing fashion capital!), so I thought I'd try and replicate (in a positive way) these vintage-esque websites! 


In particular I wanted a wiggle dress from stretch fabric, and my first attempt (albeit I never got past the cutting stage; due to not enough material) was a brilliant bright green cotton stretch/sateen thing. So my next largest (I'm so thrifty even down to material! I hate waste!) stash fabric was this blue floral stuff, and it was JUST enough fabric to go round.

I'd found this blue wiggle dress at Vivian of Holloway (to the right), and wanted something like this Stop Staring dress in the neckline, as I'm not sure a halter neck dress would suit me.

I lined it with a similar stretch material, but in white, and it's the first time I've lined the skirt as well as the bodice, and it seems fine (I was worried about it bunching up and being too thick for a wiggle dress), but I made sure I didn't make it TOO tight, just in case the two layered skirt was hard to walk in. It's a fabulous dress, with a 'darling daring' back shape (see photo below!), and I'll totally wear it again.

The pattern was easy to follow, and very nice all over, but I did have to stop and test it out for fit all through the stages of instruction, and I'm glad I did. I wish I had resized the front top bodice bit before cutting, as I usually shave off the shoulder seams a bit to fit on normal patterns, but this one was made for really 'high' shoulder women, and I had to cut more, and lost a lot of the scoopy neckline, and thinner straps. Oh well! Still looks cute!


The shape of the bust made it ok to wear without a bra! Amazing! I might try the rest of the styles on these patterns (I used style C, the black dress) as I really like this waistband and the fitted skirt. I wore the dress for the first time and went for a massive bike ride and because of the stretch in the fabric, it suited riding just fine! I'm am falling a little for blue fabric now, especially since it's summer here and I'm kinda tan. 


That's a total 'pull in your tummy' shot above, by the way! See you next week OR I might see you 'round at the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle! I love that Mena's set up a forum where we all can chat!


Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Va-va-voom! That is one FABULOUS dress! I adore the scoop back and the neckline is fab!! You look absolutely stunning! A perfect dress for a hot summer’s day! And the blue does look great on you.

  2. You look FABULOUS, Veronica!! The style suits you so well! You definitely need to sew more blue! It’s a great summer dress and the back detail is very (as Debi said) va-va-voom! Excellent job!
    You are so creative and clever with your designs. I hope I can move myself toward using only op shopped fabric and notions. :)

  3. It is great. I love too that it is another example of a blue flower fabric and you have made it look fantastic.

  4. Woo hooo!! You are *bringing it* with the wiggle dress – it looks fantastic on you and the floral is beautiful!

  5. The curve at the back in contrast to the v at the front looks great. And to be able to ride in it – definitely a bonus.

  6. You are totally rocking it! Love the fit on you! And what lovely weather you are having, I’m totally envious!

  7. totally awesome, I love it!

  8. Thank you Sarah! Op Shopped sewing things is a huge priority for me, and luckily I have the space to store it all. Buying up on cheaper notions and fabric means you’ll have stuff on hand anytime you feel like creating something!

  9. I don’t want to change my clothes OR style when I bike ride! Thanks Jen!

  10. Oh Adey, this weekend it flooded in parts of the city! Flash Floods! Not as pretty as last weekend!