The “Obedient Seamstress” Dress
Fabric: Floral cotton, thrifted ~$.25
Patterns: Simplicity 7806 ~$.05
Year: c. 1976
Notions: Vintage zipper – $.05
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~$0.35
I seriously love the color red! I consider it to be a neutral that works with almost pairing. It is surprising then that I have so few pieces of red fabric in my stash. In all, I may have five pieces of predominately red fabric. Actually, after this dress, four pieces. How precious my red fabric may be, I’m glad to have used it for this dress.
Even though I told myself that I wanted to make separates for all of this month’s weekly creations, I couldn’t resist making a dress for Valentine’s Day. My compromise is that it’s a fairly casual dress, a dress that I’m sure to wear quite often. I did stay true to my challenge of a forties-free February (I just named it that), and chose a pattern from 1976 that I’ve had in my stash forever.
Working with Simplicity 7806 was a breeze! I thought I’d have troubles with the back since I hadn’t ever done an open back like this before. To prevent any sewing drama and headaches, I took a novel approach to the construction: I followed Simplicity’s instructions to the letter. When it called to hand stitch, I hand stitched! When it called for a stay stich, I stay stitched! When it called for clipping curves, I clipped curves! You get the point. Even though following the instruction so precisely slowed me down, I did manage to sew this dress with fairly little assistance from my seam ripper.
I love this fabric. While I felt it was more suited for a 1950s-style dress, I didn’t have that much yardage. And even though the pattern in from 1976, I think the fabric works pretty hard to make the dress look timeless.
The best thing about this dress? It cost about $.35 to make!