The “Watch Your Back” Dress | Debi Fry
Time to complete: 12 hours
Wear again? YES!
Total Cost: ~£11
Oh, how I love a good hitchcock film! My favourite? Without a doubt, 39 Steps. The intrigue, the surprise and…it gets better…..SCOTLAND!! Scotland is such a great location for a mystery movie–between a manhunt in the highlands to running through the shadows in Edinburgh–it's definitely a country that inspires the imagination! So, I knew there was no other Hitchcock film that I wanted to do for this week's challenge!
The only problem with 39 Steps is that it is really hard to see the outfits! Much of the movie is in shadows and the characters are on the run–so they don't exactly have many outfit changes. But what I did take from the main character's outfits are the large yokes/collars. That is what inspired me to use one of my favourite patterns that I own, McCall 9089 (from 1937–only two years after the movie was filmed!) The pattern features an oversized collar and a classic 1930's style jacket. Just a heads up that I am hosting a giveaway on my blog for this pattern–definately check it out!
David and I tried to recreate this scene on the Royal Mile (much to the delight of many passerbys):
This outfit was a dream to sew up. I absolutely love it! The pattern includes a jacket and a lovely sleeveless dress with really interesting back details. I made up the jacket in one of my new favourite fabrics to sew–gabardine! This is the same fabric I made my 1940's hooded dress out of and it's such a delight with enough body to be really easy to sew but light enough and comfortable to wear.
I really, really love this mauve colour. I may need to go back and buy some more of this gabardine!
The dress is a really great design. It features a high-neck, buttoned, sleeveless shirt dress with a side zipper. I made the dress out of lightweight wool which is perfect for the Scottish summer. It's super light, has lots of stretch and has a wonderful drape.
I also really love the collar on this dress. I used a light-weight sew-in interfacing for the collar. I also found the perfect buttons on etsy to match the mauve pinstripes (and jacket).
This has to be the most interesting 1930's detail I have ever sewn. I love it so much! It was also super easy to construct. The back yoke is a lapped seam and the panels have very narrow hems to finish them off. I really love the uniqueness of this pattern! I hope to make it up in several more fabrics!
What do you think of the dress? I love it so much!
My next steps for this dress includes sewing up a matching belt (with the pinstripes running horizontally). I think a belt will really help give the dress some definition. I'm still not sure if I am going to add the pockets to the bodice (as seen in the pattern). What do you think? They are super cute but I'm not sure if it would be too much??
Have you seen the 39 Steps? What did you think?