Ready For My Close Up Gown | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Very strange polyester bed cover and valance, thrifted, $6.
Pattern: Vogue Easy Options 9668 $1 (bodice), Oolong by Colette Patterns, $18 (skirt) and Simplicity 5783 (part of the sleeves), free.
Notions: none, just thread
Time to complete: 3 hours of sewing and 3 hours of drawing and working it all out!
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Maybe with a trimmed hemline!
Total Cost: $25 – ooh la la!
A Hollywood story, starring Veronica Darling with a stunning guest star appearance by fellow Melbournian Kazz as her trusty companion. For some reason, the Great Gatsby idea turned into a cinematic experience in ode to Director Baz Lurhmann beginning his filming in Sydney last week.
Oh, I've become so lardy dah with my sewing, especially this Gatsby themed week! Even though we've had plenty of time to plan for the 1920s and 1930s era, I dawdled into this dress so dreamily, you'd think I was faded Hollywood star Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard, living in my own fantasy world where I had 1930s sewing patterns aplenty. With sharp pangs of reality a week before my sewing deadline, I soon realised my wannabe gown was in fact a 1950s era dress, that was pretending to be from the 1930s!
Shocked and fooled by my own naivety, I took to more fantasy days and cocktails to delay and dull that deadline. I even took to doodling away some 1930s red carpet gowns and googling galore.
And now my tale turns to the horror genre instead of film noir, as I began to experiment and construct a Frankenstein style dress. I cut and pulled apart pattern pieces in my science laboratory aka sewing room! A Vogue bodice sewn up with Colette Oolong's skirt pieces! I recklessly abandoned the bias cutting as the stripey green nylon polyester bedsheet and valance was slightly stretchy anyways, so no need for fiddly closures! For the flouncy sleeves, I really concocted a potion of ideas that transformed into a wonderful reality and really became the heartbeat of the gown.
And we all know that Frankenstein needs a heart! I sliced the Simplicity sleeves into threes (vertically), but extended the middle section about 5 inches longer, and gathered the sides before stitching it up to the orignal side pieces. My rigourous surgery came together delightfully well, however the only monster would be how the fabric creases so! What drama!
But back to the glamourous life of Sunset Boulevard! Writing to my penpal Kazz via the twitterverse and Sew Weekly murmurings we decided to set a darling date to meet up on Sunday 11th and create a mini Gatsby soiree ourselves in Melbourne!
We ladies were paparazzi-ed by Husbands and many other Melbournians at the Madame Brussels rooftop terrace and floated around gorgeously after our cocktails. It was soon after that I cried, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!" with my actorly face!
Kisses darlings, from us in Melbourne xoxo (I'm sure the darling Kazz will fill you in on her gorgeous creation, but I absolutely adored meeting her this weekend! WOW! xoxo)