Finishing My Fruit Salad | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Vintage Tablecloth, ~$4
Pattern: Vogue Easy Options 2429
Notions: Vintage Zipper ~ .50c
Time to complete: 2 hours in 2009, and 2 hours in 2011
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes, totally. I adore it!
Total Cost: $4.50
Wow, another Sew Weekly theme, another vintage tablecloth for me. And this one really brings the table (and it’s food) to the fabric! As soon as this week’s UFO (Unfinished Object) theme was announced, I thought of this dress (or this dress in pieces!). You guys know how much I love a vintage tablecloth, and this was a project I started in late 2009 for that summertime, especially to wear to summer BBQs so I could point out my ‘fruit salad’ dress and have a laugh with friends!
When I unbundled all the fabric & pattern pieces, I was super happy to find them all cut out, AND the bodice back & fronts all sewn with darts AND the lining sewn to the bodice. Almost all the hard work (darts & gathering) was done!
I was going to use this dress as a colour palette inspiration for a summer/autumn range of dresses (that I never got around to drafting) to sell to friends for their summertime frocks/Christmas presents. As I have a full time job in radio (with an abundance of daily deadlines) and we moved cities 6 months later, my ‘dreams’ of designing a range of dresses got put on hold. One day! I have to learn how to draft patterns first! How ambitious of me back in 2009!
Often I follow a project all the way through to completion, so I don’t have that many UFOs. I’m a little determined, and as much as I’m a really messy seamstress, I don’t like patterns crumpled and material stuffed aside. My UFOs are without buttons rather than totally unsewn! I was really surprised to see in this bundle of Vogue Easy Options UFO, another SKIRT was all cut up ready to be sewn in the SAME MATERIAL. I must have been like: “Oh there’s material left over in this tablecloth, let’s cut out a quickie skirt as well”. So I feel like Old Me was giving Future Me some extra work, but since the cutting of patterns cuts out a lot of time, Old Me was also being thrifty of time as well.
This is the third time I’ve sewn this pattern, it’s very easy and was the first modern pattern I bought way back when I started sewing (8 years ago now, maybe?) and it’s truly a winner. Every adjustment (the waist & hemline for me) has always worked and fitted brilliantly and I would really like to make more of these frocks. There are 8 combinations all up with different skirts, bodices, straps and hemlines to choose, and very adaptable and easy to follow for a beginner. I still wear the first dress I made with it too, and that’s even before I knew what I was doing with sewing!
The hemline is right on my knees, a new length for me, but I think I really like it! I added the bust ‘key’ instead of the gathering and the bow, because I wanted a neater finish. I think it looks cute enough!
And considering I just got these Melissa heels a few weeks ago, it’s almost serendipitous for me to finish this UFO while the weather is *just* warm enough to wear them together! Perfect colour match! I’m headed out to a Comedy Festival Opening Night Affair this week, so shall don this outfit!
Fruit Salad Finito!