The “UFO to the Rescue” Dress
Fabric: Upcycled fabric from vintage dress, $15
Patterns: Simplicity 4474
Year: c. early 1960s
Notions: Vintage zipper, $0.05
Time to complete: less than 10 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$15
Regarding my Seven in Seven Challenge, here's a little secret about marathon sewing: it is all sorts of exhausting. After five days of dress sewing, I realized that I still needed to start my weekly creation. I considered creating a 7in7 dress that fit the weekly creation as well, but then I thought that would have been a cop out. I needed to make something, even if it would bring my total to 8 dresses in 7 days.
It was then I remembered that I had a UFO (unfinished object) that would fit the bill of this week's theme! This blue and white floral dress has been in my "to finish" pile since around January. It needed to be hemmed, straps needed to be added and the side seams needed to be taken in a bit. Oh, thank goodness for small miracles.
The fabric itself came from a vintage dress that I bought for $15 at the Vintage Fashion Expo in 2009. That's the dress in the picture to the left (along with my mom and my 40 extra pounds) There was a tremendous amount of rippage in the bodice, as well as huge spots of thread-bare fabric. I had mended it enough to wear to my daughter's 2nd birthday party but not soon after the bodice suffered another major tear. It was then that I realized that the dress needed to be completely scrapped for it to be saved.
So, I cut the skirt apart from the bodice (I tossed the bodice away) and was left with a good amount of yardage. There was nothing left of the dress when I was finished — it was simply fabric to work with. In January, I had just sewn Simplicity 4474 for my holiday party dress and had loved the pattern so much that I had to make it out of an everyday fabric.
I finished all but the hem and straps and then, for some reason, put it aside indefinitely. That I had it almost completed made me quite happy on Saturday evening.
As for the photo shoot, the pictures aren't the most inspired. I'm exhausted, and frankly, a bit tired of taking pictures of myself(finally!). So, you all get to see a new dress this week, but not too much of a photo shoot.