The Melbourne Gateway Saga Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Grey (like concrete!) Cotton Spandex $18 for two metres (from Spotlight, brand new)
Patterns: Sew Stylish's "Take The Plunge" – thrifted
Year: c. 1995? 1994? earlier?
Notions: just thread (thrifted)
Time to complete: 2 (and most of that was the handstitching on the collar)
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Maybe, if I can resize the collar/shoulders/frou frou arms.
Total Cost: ~$18
If you have ever arrived, by plane, to Melbourne, Australia these large abstract sculptures of 'urban design' are the first pieces (or flavour) of the cityscape that you'll spot. From this angle (above) you'll zoom past in the taxi or shuttle bus on your way into the city, and it's called 'The Melbourne Gateway' by the designers. We of Melbourne call it various things, and in my family (ie my Husbie & I) we call it "Chips and Chips with Tomato Sauce" or "The Cheese Stick and Spare Ribs" (after these sculptures, you'll then drive into a tunnel type structure that I like to think is the stomach).
I really like these colours with the grey 'concrete jungle' of our motorways, and for this challenge, I just wanted to do something quickly and easily and didn't want to procrastinate in the sewing room at all. After last week's floral Colette pattern placement took so long, I decided I'd just think quick and then go for it (The pattern is called 'Take the Plunge' after all!). Ha ha, maybe a little more thought would have been better, but I've still got something sharp like the sculptures, that's for sure! It's just a little hard to get into!
My 'Saga' consisted thusly:
– choosing cotton spandex instead of cotton sateen (oops) so the dress is tighter and thicker and takes 5 minutes to get on.
– I decided I didn't want a pattern that had a zipper, so on that whim, I chose this weird SewStyle pattern that I do NOT recommend.
– SewStyle have thick paper patterns, double sided, so you can't cut them out and you are invited to trace it onto your fabric. I have never learned how to do this, but was in a 'determined' state of mind, so just kinda cut the shape I thought the pattern pieces were meant to be.
– in my 'resizing' (with haste!) I tried to wrangle those collar pieces and the V neck of the front piece to not be so 'plunging' (or shoulder paddy) but, in turn I still had to add my yellow 'modesty patch' so I could actually wear it in public. Tres plunging!
– for some reason, I thought puffy sleeves would be amazing, so ignored the pattern's flat sleeves and added MORE volume (as that collar just doesn't add enough boobage to my front!)
Phew! And so this dress is now the Melbourne Gateway Saga Dress, and it feels like I'm going to jump into some crazy city adventures and knock people's socks off. As Husbie said while taking these photos 'Think Grace Jones and get angular' and we had so much fun walking under the motorways for these photos!
So welcome to my Melbourne Gateway, and while you zoom by me and my Big Chips (or Cheesesticks!) can you please remind me to NOT 'take the plunge' with sewing dresses in the future?
P.S. it takes 10 minutes of wriggling to get the dress off! LOL