In Praise of the Patio Dress
This weekend, I added another item to my "allowed to buy because I really can't make it easily" rulebook: The vintage patio dress. My rational for buying and not sewing this comes down to the embellishments — it's quite hard to find vintage trim, rickrack and embroidered ribbon (at least at great volumes). So I bought this patio dress at last week's Alameda Fashion Fair for a very reasonable $32.
Ever since I started checking out Mexican-inspired vintage dresses for my friend's wedding, I've had these patio dresses on my mind. I didn't know they were called that until I saw a bunch of patterns on Etsy with that tag. I've also seen them called by the little less politically correct moniker "Squaw dress." Fundamentally, they're tiered dresses made in guazey fabric and sewn with very decorative trim. Fundamentally, they're muy awesome!
I will make my own patio dress! I even have a pattern in my stash already!
Here are some more patterns I found on Etsy:
And because these dresses call for significant yardage (between 4-6 yards), here are some gauze fabrics that won't cost an arm and a leg:
Gauze Metallic Stripe Brown from Fabric.com ($1.99 per/yard)
Cotton Bubble Gauze Fuchsia from Fabric.com ($3.98 per/yard)
Cotton Bubble Gauze Grass from Fabric.com ($3.98 per/yard)
Cotton Bubble Gauze Yellow from Fabric.com ($3.98 per/yard)