The “Prairie Godmother” Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Vintage curtain offcut, thrifted, $1
Pattern: Advance 4875, free, on loan from Amanda in Adelaide
Notions: vintage zipper, 10c
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: August for the photos
Wear again? Maybe
Total Cost: $1.10
Oh what a pleasant week for me *gritted teeth*! How wonderful that everything came together exactly how I'd planned *punches wall*! I finally finished this week's theme, by a horse's hair & by a cat's whisker, and ACTUALLY it's not too bad. But certainly NOT what I set out to make, but I did have a Prairie Godmother looking over me! LOLZ!
Get ready to skim read, as I've got a lot of explaining to do! Smack bang in the middle of the last two themes, I went interstate to work on a Music Festival. I had planned prior to going away to make up my Western outfit something with YOKES. For yokes rule in western clothes, in my opinion! I've made some lovely yoked shirts for my Husbie before, so it wouldn't be too hard for myself?
RIGHT?! Dazzled once again by the fabric shop (I had to make a special costume to take to the festival for work; a cape with shiny satin for a prize winner), I picked up some floppy black knit fabric that was super cheap because there was a half price sale on at Lincraft. With thrifty confusion, I started sewing this knit fabric in my Yoke 1975 shirt and almost got to the neckline facing (the arms, yoke and collar were almost done) when I realised it was the yuckest thing I'd ever made. EVER! It was not only oversized, but the floppy material started to be bunchy and somehow those cool floppy 'gathers' were just bunches all around the boobs, and the yokes (front and back) looked HIDEOUS on me. And this was all the night before I was to depart for Queensland.
I had also planned to take photos up there, because it was quite dusty and 'outback' looking for the Western theme (it would have been perfect!), plus I often wear my cowboy boots when I'm working anyways. Disastrous ruin: how could I take my photos with nothing finished!!!??? I chopped the floppy knit shirt up, made a fitted skirt (as back up), but left for Queensland totally confused and honestly wondering if I'd pull through.
I returned to Melbourne with all that dust from the music festival settled and I jumped upon this easy 1940s pattern & the strange but nice "flora and fauna" like fabric in my stash. I've made the dress up before, and knew it was a quickie, but at the last minute I added brown lining (from the stash) for the bodice (which I made up the same way as the Colette Rooibos – the best way for side zipped bodices IMO) which added an extra hour.
Simple fabrics like calico are also quite western right? I started thinking dusty, and about beiges and how there were so many neutral colours in western films and photos (or was that because photographs were sepia?). I honestly can't remember when I picked up this curtain offcut (maybe someone changed houses and kept the top part, and gave the bottom/hemmed section to the op shop?) The skirt unfortunately isn't full enough for a prairie skirt, but maybe Calamity Jane or one of those ye olde Western babes might be game enough to wear something like this. Once again, I think I had not even 2 metres by 2 metres to work with, so I'm surprised it is kinda wearable and how the pattern on the fabric came up ok. Without the belt, you can see the bird's head. I love a good pattern/fabric placement, but I forgot about it by the time I took the photos!
That's my supermodel ye olde pose above y'all, if you haven't noticed! I will have to reconsider the length, for me to wear it again (and how will I ever ride those horses in such a get up?!) and for some reason the bodice is a lot bigger than last time I made it up. Too much drama and trouble for me this week, I honestly just soldiered on so I'd make it here in time!
I feel a little like the housebound wifey in a Western film in these photos, a little dumpy and bored, and waiting for my Husbie to get home and do the dishes. Oh! No, that's actually true, my Husbie's away for work and I'm just terrible at housework!
Hope you're well this week, and that you overlooked my weird zipper that for some reason doesn't go up all the way? (Another thing to fix!)