The “Sew Rejuvenated” Dress
Fabric: Thrifted Acrylic/Wool blend (I believe), $8
Pattern: Simplicity 2013, $1.25 from Alameda Antique Fair
Notions: vintage zipper, $.05
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!!
Total Cost: ~$9.25
After my disappointment with last week's creation, I knew I had to kick my sewing up a notch this week. That meant no practical separates. That meant something that requires a petticoat. That meant something from the 1950s (it is a crowd pleaser, you know). So for this week's creation I pulled out Simplicity 2013 and made a very impractical (for daily life, that is) full-skirted dress in a glorious plaid!
Construction of this dress was a non-event. The only annoying thing is that it requires not one, by two zippers. One at the side and one at the neck. I thought I could skip the neck zipper and instead use snaps, but that didn't work quite well. So, I'm going to have to go back and actually insert a zipper. Or, at least, try the snaps again in a better configuration.
I have to say that the 10 day break I took from sewing did wonders for my sewing enthusiasm. I was quite refreshed when sewing this dress and all those feelings about loving to sew came rushing back to my heart and hands. Yay breaks!
The photo shoot plans originally called for me to take these shots at Berkeley. However, when we got over the bridge I realized I forgot my camera. Not all was lost, though. Since we were in the East Bay, we headed to the GBACG Costumers Bazaar where I did a little shopping and received the nicest compliments about my ensemble.
Shopping at the bazaar was so pleasant since the folks there weren't just vendors, they were costumers and members. The prices were super reasonable, but more importantly, they were being sold by people who either made or shopped for the items personally. Not only was there knowledge being shared, but a general appreciation for the goods.
Even though I've been on the GBACG mailing list for years (almost 10, I believe!), I've never been a member or attended a costumed event. Maybe one day – when I get enough nerve to go to something by myself. I did have the pleasure of meeting Kendra from Démodé at the bazaar. Even though I had read about the bazaar on her blog, I didn't recognize her since I'm used to seeing pictures of her looking like this. If you truly want to be inspired by some serious sewing, check out her blog!
One more thing: I have tons of this fabric which I'll be selling later today. If you like this plaid, be sure to keep an eye out for the post!