Harbour Views Resort Wear | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Vintage polyester knit type fabric, $2
Pattern: McCalls 4438, free, Mum's collection
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: July, 2011 in Sydney
Wear again? Yep, it's comfy!
Total Cost: $2
Ahoy! I've set sail for foreign shores, and aye aye Captain Mena, I can make a nautical dress! I shall dock for some fine photographs in the best looking harbour in Australia. Hee hee! Yes, I'm in Sydney, Australia and found the best position for you to see the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the darling Sydney Opera House. I'm at the pier right by Luna Park!
When life gets busy, I always opt for knits! It took around 2 hours for this dress to come about, and it's entirely overlocked. The material is from a recent op shop visit, where most fabric remnants were 50c to $3, and as I've got a bit left over for a skirt, I'd put this dress around $2. OMG. SO cheap.
The fabric is a little stiff for a stretch knit, but hopefully after a few wears it'll soft up ok. It was the easiest fabric to sew with, and probably is a polyester of some sort, as it does NOT feel natural!
The pattern is a 34 bust, and I recall it was a little big from when I made it last time a few years back, but even with a smidge resizing here and there, it's a little roomy. BUT, I had to suck in the gutz for these photos, so for stiff material, it can be quite revealing of one's curves.
That's my sea shanty pin up girl look!
I made a few changes to the original pattern, and tried to avoid the built in tie piece, as I recall it was a little fiddly and the 1975 pattern suggests you use a straight stitch machine, and that's not going to end up well. Instead I made a normal top bodice pattern out of the existing pattern (just placing it on the fold), added the neckline binding how a Built by Wendy pattern book suggests you do, but adding a 'key' of fabric so that I could tie the extra long 'nautical' element to. Kinda like Adey's here, but not, and it's a little hard to explain. Maybe I'll try and get some photos or draw a picture! Oh dear, I so don't have the brain power to cope with explaining this week!
I overlocked the hem on both the sleeves and the skirt, but the skirt all puckered up and I cut it off, and let it be UNSTITCHED. What a terrible seamstress I am, but oh well, I had to set sail and all that jazz and frankly I don't think this fabric will unravel (or whatever it does when you unhem something?). LOLZ! I'm getting more professional every week, right!
And now for all you lovers of 'How is this styled for winter?', here's my styling and it was a cold weekend in Sydney, but I'm so pleased the rain cleared for our photos! I think someone else is a little 'pleased' (ie creepy!) too!