Hot! ‘The Virgin Suicides’ | Veronica Darling




The Facts

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
Year: 1992
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

Virgin-suicides 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



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. Great dress! I also adore these photos! They are so beautiful!!!

  2. What a beautiful dress, Veronica! It looks lovely on you and I love the knee socks. The photos are so pretty; very ethereal. :)

  3. The dress looks great! I really love the photos, they are beautiful.

  4. Wow! The dress is so beautiful and the photos are a dead ringer for Sofia Coppola’s cinematography in that film – great job lady!

  5. You look gorgeous! Love the dress.

  6. I like this dress because it looks so comfy and easy to wear. I think because of that it would be something C.C. would approve of. She was so stylish and detailed in a comfortable and easy sort of way with many of her designs. I like the flower too. I am going to take a look to see how it made. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love it!
    The detail of the material is wonderful.
    The way the pattern told you to sew the bodice, its the way i like too, just so easy.

  8. Oh, this is such a lovely sweet dress and your photography is just amazing!

  9. I think the dress looks wonderful on you, almost as if you stepped right out of the movie. I totally envy your photography skills. Great project and pics!

  10. That’s a massive compliment, thanks Sarah!