The Roxie Heart Number | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Synthetic drapey fabric with a pinstripe of silver $3 from Ballarat Op Shop
Patterns: New Look 6752 (a gift from my friend) & Butterick 3958 (op shop) 50c
Year: New Look 2007 and Butterick 1986
Notions: New black ribbon-esque bias binding $.50 metre
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? I think so, with less costumey accessories and maybe some tights in winter.
Total Cost: ~$4
So it was the costume designer from Chicago, that inspired by Sew Weekly creation this week for me. I loved the film and have seen the stage play a few times as well. It’s set in the 1920s, and the 2002 film was very HOT and probably heaps more sexy in costume than the original time. But Colleen Atwood did win best costume for the film at the Oscars nonetheless!
I had loads of different dreams about 1920s and loads of different patterns (online!) to covert, so perhaps did a bit more time scheming than sewing this week. In the end I settled on a few drop waist patterns, because whilst Roxie & Velma in the film have great mini dresses (and all the tassles and glitz to go with them), I really want wearable clothes this year and opted to be inspired by the era instead of showing off my pins.
The two patterns I settled on (and there were other necklines and sleeves options, as my shortlist for this Frankenstein affair was four patterns initially!) was the neckline & armholes of New Look 6752 and the diagonal drop waist of the 80s Butterick dress.
STRANGE I KNOW!
I had only a remnant of this black synthetic material, and really wanted to use it because it had moderate ‘glitz’ with the silver pinstripe through it. It wasn’t the brightest day taking these photos, so you kinda only see it as grey lines, but I promise when I wear it under disco lights it’ll shine for you! I’d made the New Look pattern a few years ago, but it was kinda big around the neck, and since it was a pull on dress (no buttons or zipper) I had to resize it so it was still a little big, but shorter in the shoulder seam and bustline. But I wanted a little more shape and tightness in the neckline so this bias binding ribbon (from a proper sewing store) held it together well.
For the drop waist, gathered skirt, I chose the Butterick pattern just to make the dress a little different… and whilst it’s not as drastic in the diagonal (I once again had to resize it and crop it shorter because of the amount of material I didn’t have), I still think it’s a rather sweet little twist to a usual shape.
Are you ready for my dance moves now?
AND, I tried out French Seams for the first time on this dress! My overlocker had red threads through it, and since I plan on making another red dress and an orange one in the coming weeks, I didn’t want to change. So it forced me to reinforce those nastly synthetic seams, and I googled all the French Seams tutorials I could find. Unfortunately, as the fabric looks very similar on the right side and wrong side, it was really hard to remember which sides I was sewing… not that you can tell!
Just enough Razzle Dazzle I reckon!