The “By the Dawn’s Early Light” Dress
Fabric: Reproduction print cotton, $2.50 thrifted
Pattern: Simplicity 9350, $.25
Notions: Invisible Zipper, $3.00; lace $2, buttons $.05
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn: June 2011
Wear again? Yeah, but with a sweater.
Total Cost: $7.80
Oh this challenge.
My plans started with this pattern but then turned into something completely different (dress #1, inspired by Betsey Johnson), which was abandoned for lack of time. It then turned into yet another dress (#2, inspired by Michael Kors) and then another (#3, same Kors inspiration). Finally, back to this pattern and the dress you see now. Oh, what a couple days of sewing!
But let's step back. Technically, dress #3 should have been the final dress. But then we did the photo shoot. Or actually, prior to the photo shoot I ate a huge dinner of hot dogs with BBQ sauce and coleslaw. And prior to that I ate ice cream and a really great wrap at the Alameda Antique Fair. And I have my period, big time. So by the time I took my photos, I looked about four months pregnant.
Oh, and it was a skin-tight t-shirt dress.
Of all the photos we took (hundreds) in the wind with this stupid sparkler, there was only one that look decent. And that's only because I'm hiding my belly.
Horizontal stripes + skin tight dress + hot dogs + period = Start over from square one!
So, last night at 10pm, I started working on the original dress idea I had — the Jessica McClintock Gunne Sax pattern by Simplicity from 1979. I have wanted to do a Gunne Sax dress for a while but kept on passing on this pattern because I don't like the shape of the top bodice. It's just not a flattering sort of cut. It's the sort of armhole/strap combination that pinches fat in a really not cute sort of way.
Did I mention I have my period and am really feeling like a bloated mess right now?
The dress was not as simple as I thought it would be to put together. Actually, it was fairly simple, just tedious. A lot of steps with lace and way too many pieces for 2am in the morning.
And when I was finished this morning at around 11:00 (I did go to bed at 3:00 and started sewing again about 8:00), the top fit in the fat-pinching way I thought it would. But it's actually a cute dress with a sweater or bolero. And, after a couple of days I think I might not feel as blegh as I do right now.
On a more pleasant note, Happy July 4th to all my American readers!