The “Bright Lights, Big City” Dress
Fabric: Silver, geometric taffeta (?), thrifted – $0.50
Patterns: Simplicity 4687 - $.50
Year: c. early 60s
Time to complete: 1 hour
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Maybe.
Total Cost: ~$1
So I actually made two dresses this week based on the "local color" theme. This was my first dress — the dress I made when I didn't think I'd have enough time to sew and photograph a dress representing San Francisco's farmers markets.
This dress takes its inspiration from New York City — where I just happened to be for most of last week for work. The dress, inspired by NYC's skyscrapers is shimmery with silver, black and grey geometric patterns. The dress was made especially since I would be attending the Say 100 launch party.
I knew I could finish this dress quickly since it was just two pieces with darts and facings. I didn't think it would only take an hour. However, its fast construction actually caused a bit of trouble for me the night of this party. I hadn't serged the seams and one part of the side seam was just sewn too close to the edge. I knew this was a problem, but since I was in such a hurry to finish, I forgot to go back over the stitching. Well, as you can imagine, a bit of the side opened up the night of the party (actually while in a hotel bar waiting for a friend to come downstairs and meet me). Thankfully, the hotel had a sewing kit and I was able to (in the restroom) temporarily close up the side.
Let this be a lesson to all of us! Do not rush!
Despite this mishap, I still liked wearing the dress and how it shimmers in the right light.
I do have to give a shout out to my buddy, Matt Jacobs, for being patient with me and taking my photos. Thanks, Matt! Here we are together in the official shots from the evening.