The Hello Dolly Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Red spotted cotton, from Spotlight, $36
Pattern: Simplicity 6025, $2
Notions: Invisible Zipper, $3.00
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: at the dress up party in late July
Wear again? Maybe!
Total Cost: ~$42 (I shudder with thriftiness & despair!)
All the way from Dollywood, this week it's your fave country singer, the cutest little pocket rocket performer in the world: Veronica "Dolly Parton" Darling! I've seriously had so much fun planning this week's creation, and I'm so happy to finally show you all the LOL moments I've had!
Outside of sewing, my normal job is working at a radio station, so I listen to music all day, hang out with the most knowledgeable music lovers in the country, and have glanced at a fair few album covers in my time! My darling friend and colleague is having a birthday party soon, and the theme is all about album covers! So I was over the moon that we've been able to use her theme for our weekly creations too!
Before choosing Dolly's 'All I Can Do' (her 17th studio album from 1976!) I was *this* close to making a purple suit with flouncy white blouse so I could be Prince from Purple Rain! But, in the end I had to settle for a Dolly album because then my Husbie gets to be Kenny Rogers! Ha! Once I'd settled on Dolly, I browsed through all her albums, and settled on 'All I Can Do' because she looks so cute, the colour was great and she was wearing long sleeves that wasn't leather or denim. Yep, I try to avoid sewing with denim or leather. Don't you!?
"It takes a lot of money to look this cheap," says Dolly Parton and for me this week: it's true! I didn't have any red flecked fabric in my stash, so I headed to the enormous and cluttered Spotlight, to find the hideously expensive (to me!) $12.95 a metre red spotted cotton. Of course I needed 3 metres, but luckily the fabric does feel smooth and flowy, instead of the normal cheap cotton, but still it kinda looks cheap. But hey! It's Dolly we're talking about!
Apart from using stiffer interfacing in the collar than I should have (lots of ironing to keep it flat instead of flicky-uppy) I love this pattern and the fabric! It feels like a great fit, and I'll have to make it again!
The princess seams are super flattering, and easy to adjust to your form, and the yoke neckline was really easy. Sometimes I get scared when there's a V neck, as I worry that the facing won't turn well, but this worked out fine!
Even though we don't really play Dolly Parton's music on our radio station, she is touring Australia later in the year, and my friends got to talk to her! She's still so cute! Now that I'm practically her twinnie, do you think she'd let me stand in for her on tour, understudy style?