The ‘Lady of the Lake’ Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 2.5 metres polyester print fabric £9
Pattern: McCall 3228
Year: c. 1939
Notions: 1 metre white rose trim £3, black zipper from stash £0.05, pearl buttons from stash (free) and pearl belt buckle £2 from etsy and vintage belt (recovered with matching fabric) from charity shop £1
Time to complete: 13 hours
Wear again? YES!
Total Cost: ~£15
One of the things about participating in Me-Made-June this month is that I realised I need more long-sleeve dresses (even in summer). I thought this week's challenge would be the perfect opportunity to make a summer weight long-sleeve dress in a colour palette that I don't often wear. Like Mena, I didn't have any black and white fabrics in my stash (that aren't wool). I also thought this was the perfect challenge to experiment with a fun print.
I used McCall 3228, a pattern from 1939 because: 1. It had nice long billowy sleeves, 2. It could handle a busy print, and 3. I really liked the option of adding the neck trim. I opted for view A (though view B would be really fun to make too!). This dress zips on the side in addition to having buttons on the front. It also features a 'blouse effect' that was a popular feature of late 1939/1940 patterns in that the top is made to look like a tucked in blouse.
Here's a view of the back where you can see the 'bloused' effect:
I tried a lot of new things with this dress. I added a really cute rose trim at the neckline:
I first sewed on the trim (which came on netting) with the roses facing down. Then I flipped the roses up and then sewed the neckline facing to cover the netting on the other side. I really like how it turned out:
I also have a hat that goes perfectly with the dress. It's a sweet late 40's hat with white feather details:
For this dress, I also repurposed a vintage belt. I often find really cheap belts in charity shops. I look for homemade ones that have buckles without prongs. I found this one for £1:
Here's a close-up of the belt and also my cuffs (I'm really proud of the cuff opening and link buttons):
I'm also really excited to share that for the rest of the year I'm going to be giving away each of the patterns I use for the Sew Weekly challenges! Stop by my blog to enter the giveaway for this pattern! I think it would be so cute made up in a plain fabric as well!