The “Harbour Lights” Dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 3 metres blue linen, £15 from Mandors
Pattern: McCall 4114 from Miss Betty's Attic
Notions: 3 buttons from a pound of vintage buttons gift from the lovely Sofia when she visited Scotland; zipper: £1; 3 metres of trim: £2.50
Time to complete: 14 hours
Wear again? YES!
Total Cost: ~£18
What does every gal who loves 40's style dream about? Cute sailor dresses and playsuits!!! I had just the perfect pattern in McCall 4114 from 1941:
It's a good thing you apply the trim on the collar piece before you attach it to the dress! It's nerve-wracking enough as it is –I can't imagine doing it last! I am quite happy with how it turned out. The trim is actually white velvet–which adds a nice texture.
This dress has the 'bloused' effect as well. The 'faux' pocket features topstitching in white thread and is actually a pleat on each side of the dress. I also did my first gathering stay with this dress (super easy). The front part of the skirt features gathers as does the bodice front and back. Finally the sleeves are pleated–another detail I absolutely adore!
I, ahem, finished the dress at 9:30pm last night. David was such a trooper and took a bus with me down to the Harbour. We were able to catch a fantastic sunset. We event got close up to the Royal Yacht Brittania before two security guards promptly ushered us behind a gigantic fence. Ah well, it was worth a try :)
You can see the Royal Yacht Brittania docked in the background:
YAY! I love this dress so much! Check my blog later in the week for more (daytime) photos as I intend to wear this dress a lot!!