The “Greetings from Albuquerque” Dress
Fabric: Vintage rayon from Alameda Antique Fair, $10 for 4 yards
Pattern: None, based on existing dress
Notions: elastic, $2.00
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$12
When I found this fabric in April, I wrote:
“Oh, I love this piece so so so much! So much so that I didn’t even bargain when the seller told me $10 for 4 yards. At Alameda, I always bargain but I was sold the minute I saw the piece. Imagine the possibilities! I see a playsuit with matching skirt! Or, if I’m daring a bathing suit with matching skirt. I love this piece so much! My favorite find of the week!”
Well, the fabric didn’t turn into a playsuit, though I seriously considered it. Instead, I decided to use this much-loved fabric for a dress I knew I’d love — a dress based on a store-bought vintage dress hanging in my closet.
While the dress doesn’t look that special in this picture, I absolutely adore it. It’s comfortable, easy to wear and quite the style I’m in love with as of late. And because it is such an easy dress to make, I knew I could replicate it close enough to the original. So, I held my breath and took the seam ripper to this favorite dress of mine.
And this is what I got:
Two bodice pieces cut on fold (containing the sleeves as well), four skirt pieces and six pieces for the bottom ruffle totaling a whopping 7.5 yards in length. For such a simple dress, it uses a lot of fabric — my only regret about using the dress as a pattern. I really would have loved to have squeezed two garments out of this VIP.
This week’s photoshoot takes place on the road — Albuquerque, New Mexico to be precise.
And yes, I was able to put the original dress together again: