My Goodness, My Guiness Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Green Cotton Sateen-like remnant $10 (from Sydney’s The Fabric Store) & Black Light Cotton material, also a remnant ~.20c
Patterns: Butterick 7982 (on loan from Amanda in Adelaide)
Year: c. early 1960s
Notions: Vintage Zipper .10c
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Totally!
Total Cost: ~$10.30
What a lovely day for a Guinness! For this week’s St Patrick’s Day Theme, I wanted to use this lovely green remnant, that had some nice stretch and shine to it. It’s the perfect Irish green in my opinion! The remnant was quite small and I did measure and lay out 2 other dress patterns in the past few weeks to test out just which pattern I’d be using this week! And sadly it wasn’t enough for a full dress.
Luckily I’ve had this Butterick pattern on loan from a penpal Amanda (who has been joining in via the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle!) and it had the ideal pencil skirt shape for this fabric! Which meant I could sew it together with the black fabric, so it has that skirt/shirt look without all the ‘tucked in shirt tails’ look around the waist of a real skirt and shirt!
This pattern is now my total fave! It has the most dearest darling-est neckline with kimono sleeves. I’m in love with these sleeves!
The hardest part was resizing the pattern, as it was two sizes too big for me and I found this thread on the Sewing Circle about resizing patterns, and I tried a few of your suggestions that helped out totally. I’m pretty happy with the fit and the stretch in the skirt makes it really comfy!
I kinda resized the bodice front a little more than the skirt (not too sure how my calculations worked out there!), so I had to re-sew the side seams (and eat into that lovely green fabric) a few times. And in retrospect I should have resized the waistbands as it feels a little ‘up around the boobs’, but it doesn’t look too weird.
It has a back zipper that seems a bit odd with the kimono sleeves/wrap front and it was the first time I’ve sewn a back zipper that goes in ‘halfway’ into the back seam. So you sew the lower skirt seem, then you sew the top part to the (high) neckline, then you stick the zipper in, in the middle of the seam. Anyways, it feels quite old fashioned when you put it on, but I love it anyways!
And yes! We’re in an Irish Pub, that is obviously getting ready for St Patricks Day! In Australia there are quite a few Irish peeps, but I think it’s mostly younger people (who love drinking) who celebrate it in full force.
The above shot was when Husbie lay on the floor to get a ‘tall’ angle for you! Excuse the wrinkles, I wore it to work that day (got heaps of compliments!) and was very busy sitting and running around! The beer is certainly a Guinness too! I could only drink a ‘pot’ though, a much larger pint of Guinness would have spoiled my dinner!
And did you spot my ‘fascinator’ shaped like a shamrock? I got the idea from Mena’s Tutorial during the ‘I See Red’ Val Day theme, and used some tiny scraps to make little lovehearts, and joined them together! Looks look like it’s my Lucky Day!