The “Third Time’s a Charm” Dress | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Navy silk dupiani (3 yards at $15 a yard locally) and a scrap from last week's Liberty print
Pattern: The Truffle Dress pattern, Colette Sewing Handbook
Year: c. 2011
Notions: zipper from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? For any special occasion for all of time – love this dress!
Total Cost: ~$45
Remember the mega fail that was my 1920s drop waisted dress? Well I tried again. And again. The third time was indeed the charm when it comes to making a dress inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, thanks to the Truffle Dress in the Colette Sewing Handbook.
My second attempt was a really cool vintage pattern by Dubarry. As I found out while constructing it, vintage directions are difficult sometimes and I botched the heck out of the cutting and construction. It is now a pile of scraps! On to plan C.
Plan C was awesome. The book arrived in the mail on "Dubarry Disaster" day and saved me from drop kicking my sewing machine into the yard. I read through all the patterns in it (Love them!) and decided that the truffle dress, with it's awesome little ruffle and unfussy bodice would be perfect for what I wanted: a lovely dress to wear to a wedding at Nouveau Antique Art Bar in November. The ruffle was just the right touch of the jazz age and the fit was so 2011 – cute, flattering and very comfortable!
Success! This dress to exactly 4 hours (or 8 episodes of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as I like to think of it) to complete and was incredibly easy. And the dupiani – Lord in Heaven, that's some good stuff. It's easy to sew with, wears amazingly well and looks fantastic. The fit blew my mind – this is the first item of clothing I have ever made, in 18 years of sewing, that has fit me like a glove the first time I zipped it up. I credit my dress form and this year of intense sewing with that proud moment.
They had a Smilebooth, which is AWESOME!
Thanks to the Third Time's a Charm Dress, we attending the 11/11/11 nuptials in style and danced all night under the Tiffany lamps!