The “Blossoms in Springtime” Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Bedsheet, thrifted, $3
Pattern: Butterick 7201, on loan from Amanda
Year: c. 1950s
Notions: zipper, thrifted, 10c; bias binding, gift and thrifted belt buckly, $3 perhaps?
Time to complete: about 3 hours
First worn: Not yet, hoping for a picnic soon
Wear again? I bet!
Total Cost: $6.10
It's springtime in Melbourne! Maybe some of you have forgotten I'm in Australia (you were wondering why I was wearing my winter woolie black tights all the time in my photos, right?) but it's finally warm again in my town and I've been able to throw away my cardigans and the leg warmers (well for a few days anyways, you can never tell with Melbourne)!
So while you Northerners are looking at autumn colours, I'm getting a little gushy about spring. I collected up a little floral numbers, a few blossom tones and created this Spring Colour Palette:
Blossoms, hydrangeas! Blue skies and green lawns! What better way to create a spring look! So of course, I pulled out all the floral fabrics in my fabric collection and this bedsheet overcame all because of the amount of fabric. I'd wanted to try a full circle skirt for a while, and as I was going through my patterns, I found this one kindly shared with me from Amanda in Adelaide! She's a cutie! And I really need to send her patterns back now that she's sewing so much! There's only ONE more to try, and I'll keep that one for another week!
First up, I didn't really like the seam down the middle of the bodice because with a large floral print it could look awkward. And then I realised the pattern was way too big, so I spent some time drawing up another couple of bodice pieces on some scrap paper. Since I plan to send Amanda's old patterns back to her (for her to enjoy!), I thought I'd copy and recreate some of the patterns another time. Most of the skirts are pretty straight forward (and in this case it's just a circle with a hole in the middle, that I kinda stuffed up as well, listen out for it!) so I thought with copying patterns I'd just need to trace and redraft the bodice pieces and this one is interesting enough and super comfy enough, so I'm glad I did, as I'll totally be making it again!
For wanting to sew quickly, I didn't cut the facing pieces for the neckline and sleeves (don't you just love patterns with built in sleeves?) but used some spare green bias tape for the neckline. I decided (because of the square shape) I'd just sew a box of bias tape, so I pinned it like crazy (right sides together) and then sewed, folded inside, ironed and then topstitched (you can see above). For the sleeves, I overlocked the edges (before sewing the side seams) and then folded them under so they created their own facing. Simple!
My mistake was small, and you can't tell really to the overall garment, but I measured myself, measured my fabric amount (width and length), cut a massive circle out… and then, when I'd sewn the bodice up, I measured the waistline to work out how much I needed to cut out of the circle (to create the doughnut!), and somehow miscalculated… so I have gathers in my skirt because I cut too much… and I see on the pattern cover there are no gathers. Oh well next time!
But I'm super excited because I made a belt! It's made using the Butterick pattern piece, and I rather fancy it! Why haven't I made belts before? I love them! I'm not sure where I got the clear buckle from? Maybe that vintage fair I went to in Sydney? It's been in the stash for at least 5 years until I worked out how to make belts. There's not a lot to it really!