The “Hey Lucy!” Shirt Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: 3 metres Black and White Gingham Cotton, ~$4 metre and Husband's shirt, free
Pattern: Vogue 6438
Notions: Recycled invisible zipper & buttons
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Not sure! Maybe after a little more tailoring.
Total Cost: $12
"LUCY, I'M HOME!" There are so many great women characters on TV, that I tossed between Liz Lemon of 30 Rock, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sookie from Trueblood before settling on Lucy from I Love Lucy & The Lucy Show. After spotting this photo of Lucy & Ethel in the earlier shows, I decided to give the shirt dress another go, just to be a little more like Lucy!
I'm sometimes compared to Lucille Ball as my facial expressions can be a little over the top, and when I get really uber busy I feel so flustered and slapstick like Lucy. She was always making a huge mess of things, but had fun along the way! Lucille Ball was also a truly unique comedy and physical actor and 'I Love Lucy' would be one of the original forms of sitcoms! I see Grace from Wil and Grace as a modern day Lucille Ball, and the show about nothing, Seinfeld, would not be one of the best situation comedies ever without 'I Love Lucy'. Lucille Ball's character is kinda Kramer, Elaine, Jerry & George all rolled into one!
The gingham material is from the stash, but it was new a few years ago, and it matched Lucy's shirt dress so well! This week, I've made the dress in half an hour bursts over several days as it's the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the moment and I'm really busy with my day job and seeing heaps of comedy shows! I tend to find sewing this way is manageable when you are time poor, sometimes I take a bit longer to finish a garment because I have to sit and think for a few minutes to check where I'm to with it, each time I start sewing.
This Vogue pattern is pretty straight forward and the best shirt dress I've made, I just didn't think I'd need to resize it so much, as it's a 32 bust. It might be those earlier sizes though, as the bodice is really LONG and still a little big around my back area. The white fabric is a lovely vintage tuxedo type shirt of my Husband's that had some tough stains on the front. I used all the back piece and the front bottoms pieces to make the cuffs and collar! I also recycled the buttons from his shirt too!
I love the pockets, with the gorgeous flaps on them. I should have made white ones though for them to stand out, but alas no more white shirt left!
My Lucy face! "Oh RICKY! Ewwwww!"
As it's comedy time here in Melbourne, I guess it's kinda fitting I've chosen to fool around with the 'I Love Lucy' show! I only had a 15 minute window to take photos, and considering I've never really used the tripod before, I'm also pretty proud these photos turned out so well (and in focus!). Until next week, dear viewers!