‘The Virgin Suicides’ | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Light Synthetic material, with a soft flannel feel almost, used about 1 1/2 metres, bought from the Op Shop ~$1.50
Pattern: McCalls 5809
Notions: Vintage Zipper $1.00 from Op Shop & Vintage thread & haberdash items
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: Today, to work
Wear again: Yep, it's light and comfy and a different style for me
Total Cost for outfit: ~$ 2. 50
The Virgin Suicides was originally a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides and in 1999 Sophia Coppola made it into a film. It's very sad and beautiful, and whilst I haven't watched it recently I still remember the colours, very pastel and stripped back. For the Unrequited Love in Film Theme, this week, it may be an odd choice, but as I browsed the list it was the first film that came already packaged with a story, fashion style, youth and a fantastic soundtrack (by French band Air) so it was meant to be.
There are 5 sisters who live in a normal suburb in a seemingly normal family, but have a suicide pact. The story is told through the neighbours and young boys, so it's quite mysterious and detached. I really admire Eugenides' storytelling (I just finished his latest book, Middlesex) and Sophia Coppola knows how to make a gorgeous looking film.
For the dress itself, I chose the fabric and the pattern from my stash pretty quickly. I promise I own more vintage patterns, not just 1990s ones! I wanted to make a floppy 1970s looking garment, for that's when the film/story is told.
The McCalls pattern was very straightforward, it had facing/lining instructions that's my favourite kind: when you sew the bodice front to the bodice back at the shoulder seams. Then you do the same with the facings, then you pin and sew the bodice and facings around the armholes and the neckline, right sides together. Then you pull the back bodice pieces right side out through the shoulders. So quick!
Very 1970s I think! The shape of the dress is ok. I did think it would sit more on my waist, but it's still kinda baggy baby doll, so if I did put a tie/belt it may look silly. I'm not sure, it's kind of an odd silhouette of a dress, but still wearable.
For the last 'Virgin Suicides' touch, I added a corsage (the characters do have a prom to go to in the film) made up of white scraps (some light mosquito netting, and fabric and ribbon scraps) and pinned to one side. I got the idea of how make a corsage after looking at Grosgrain's blog yesterday, so I kinda did a rough pom pom technique. It's removable because I'm not sure when I'll be going to my next prom. LOL
Overall it's an easy straightforward pattern, but nothing to write home about, *but* I will feel about 15 years younger when I wear it next time. I am overwhelmed by how wonderful your feedback has been here at The Sew Weekly, and I'm adoring following Adey, Mena, Debi and Sarah's creations too! Just this week I also flicked through the flickr group, and it's so great to see some of you sewing along!
Til next week, Veronica Darling