The “Blue Heron” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 2.5 metres flower print cotton £10 from JoAnn’s (I got this at the Oregon Coast when I visited my family last summer)
Pattern: McCall 3544 from Top Tottie Vintage (a fab UK etsy seller)
Year: c. 1939
Notions: zipper–FREE from the World Travelling Lace notions exchange as part of the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle
Time to complete: 7 hours
Wear again? Yes, though I still want to add a matching belt.
Total Cost: ~£10
I love hats! I especially adore 1930’s and 1940’s hats. So you can imagine my excitement when I found a late 30’s hat at a vintage store for a decent price ($20). I got this amazing hat at Urban Eccentric Vintage in my old hometown. This store may sound familiar as it’s the store that Vintage Vixen works at (unfortunately, she wasn’t there when I visited!) But isn’t it the most adorable hat ever?
I bought the fabric specifically to match this hat (even took the hat with me to the fabric store). I used McCall 3544 from 1939 as the pattern:
I love this pattern but was unsure as to how it would look on my body type! There’s lots of gathers. The neck is gathered in the back which creates almost pleat like gathering on the bodice front. The bodice front is also gathered at the waist for a neat effect. I also really like the sleeves, which use gathers on the sleevecap to create a puffed up look:
I was super excited to get to use one of the lovely notions that Amanda sent me as part of the World Travelling Lace notions exchange. As you may know, there is a really great community interactive website as part of the Sew Weekly called the Sewing Circle. You may have also seen the feature called ‘The Common Thread Project‘ that Mena has started with several amazing seamstresses where they all get 5 yards of lace and do something creative with it. Well, a few of us thought it was such a great idea that we decided to do our own swap!! The lovely Kat of Macskakat organised it all and we each got a name of another Sewing Circle member to send a care package of notions. My lovely package came all the way from Amanda in Australia! This is all the lovely things I got (plus a few bonus vintage goodies):
Here’s another shot of the dress:
You may be wondering why it’s called the ‘Blue Heron’ dress? Well, when David and I were out taking photos, we saw a beautiful Blue Heron:
Hope you all had a lovely Easter!