The “Almost Easter” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 2.5 metres light pink broderie anglaise £15
Pattern: McCall 5676
Year: c. 1944
Notions: 7 self-covered buttons £1, 2 metres of white ribbon £3
Time to complete: 9 hours
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~£19
Apparently I have always been into dressing up in vintage style:
Check out those white gloves! And matching headband! I love that mischevious look on my face!! I didn’t always have brown hair. Check out this picture:
I wanted to capture the dressed-up Easter feeling of the photo above. I particularly wanted something that had an interesting sleeve detail (check out those puffed sleeves in my childhood photo!), something light pink and something I could wear some lovely white gloves with.
I chose McCall 5676 that I’ve had in my pattern stash for awhile:
I used version A as my guide and did it up without the lace trim. I’ve been eyeing the broderie anglaise at the local fabric shop for awhile. It’s so beautiful and I love fabric with a border. The problem has always been that I don’t usually wear pastels. In addition to the pastel color, they are also very sheer. This week I decided to go for it! It was really fun trying to piece it all together and to use bits of the broderie anglaise for different elements of the dress.
I used the scallop of the broderie anglaise for the hem and the sleeves of the dress. This was very nice as it meant I didn’t have to hem either of them!! Of course the downside was matching up the pattern and also figuring out how much length I needed for the dress and translating that into how I made up the skirt (i.e. taking up more into the waist in front than in the back for my bum which affects the length of the dress!)
I also made self-covered buttons with the three-leaf clover design that was in the border of the fabric. I really like how they came out!
I also found the perfect white gloves to match the dress! YAY! I’ve been wanting a nice pair for awhile and I got this for a steal (love it when that happens!)
I feel like I should be looking for some pastel easter eggs or eating some yummy chocoloate with those white gloves!..hehehehe! Happy almost Easter everyone!