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