The “Serenity” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 2.5 metres red print silk £10, 1 metre of gold crepe back satin £5
Pattern: DuBarry 1082B reproduction pattern from Vintage Fashion Library
Year: c. 1932
Notions: vintage buckle £10 from UK seller jemimajay on Etsy.
Time to complete: 9 hours
Wear again? OH Yes!!! I love this dress!!!
Total Cost: ~£25
I was very excited about this week’s theme and I knew right away that I wanted to make an outfit inspired by my absolute favorite TV show–Firefly. Firefly is what is called a Space Western–part Sci Fi, part Western. It aired in 2002 for 10 of 14 episodes but was cancelled. Due to the huge fan outcry because of the cancelling of the show, a movie with the same characters was made called ‘Serenity’. The TV show has almost reached cult status because there is still a huge fan following and the DVD sales of the show are still going strong.
David and I are big fans, we are part of the ‘Edinburgh Browncoats’ fanclub (there are similar fanclubs around the world). The TV show is fantastic. It features an amazing ensemble cast and you really feel connected to all the characters. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already! I believe the Science Channel has been airing the episodes since March.
My outfit inspiration came from one of the characters named Inara Serra. She’s always very regally dressed. Here are a few photos:
I decided to take inspiration from the red and gold tones worn by Inara, as well as the Chinese prints that abound in the costumes for the TV show (which is set in the future where the two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fuse to form the central federal government, called the Alliance).
What more perfect pattern could there be than DuBarry 1082B? It’s a reproduction pattern from Vintage Fashion Library based on a 1932 DuBarry pattern.
I adore this pattern–even more so after I’ve sewn it up. It’s incredibly easy. I followed the instructions to a T, including the instructions that seemed a bit odd (i.e. closing the side seams before doing the back darts, sewing the top contrast binding to the inside of the garment and then slipstitching to the outside). I really love the back details and the simple, yet sexy, front of the dress–very reminiscent of the clothes the character Inara wears!
I found some AMAZING Chinese silk at my local fabric store. It is a bit heavier (though not too heavy–hehehe not very good at descriptions am I?). Anyways, it’s a dream to sew. The pattern is a basic gathered bodice with constrast borders (I used a gold crepe back satin) and a straight skirt with just two darts in the back.
And then the back…
I love, love, love the back of this dress! How neat is the low back with the pretty ‘v’ shape? The pattern doesn’t call for interfacing for the border and it pretty much stays in place. Though I might tack it down where the the ‘v’ meets in the middle–just in case!
I’m also going to experiment with making just a blouse from this pattern. Hopefully I will have something to show this week over on my blog. It should be interesting to try and convert this into a blouse, but it just might work!
I realised I needed a belt buckle for this dress at the last moment. I searched and found the PERFECT buckle on Etsy, from a UK seller no less. I ordered it and the next day it arrived! Here’s a close-up of the buckle (and the dress fabric):
I just have to show you this amazing shot in the Prince’s Street Gardens with the fountain AND the castle in the background. It’s a bit funny asking a tourist to take your picture when you’re wearing a gown! hahahaha. David joined me later to take the amazing photographs above :-)
This dress is perfect for this week as Friday is David’s birthday! I’ll have to wear this somewhere fun (not sure where yet as I’m a bit behind on his birthday surprise planning!)