The “With or without Bow” Birthday Dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: 2 yards Purple Poly Poplin fabric from fabric.com $11, 0.5 yards black & white fabric $7 and orange lining from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 1291
Year: c. 1944
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$18
It's my birthday end of this week and I sewed myself a wrapped bow dress to wear for my birthday date with hubby. The pattern is Simplicity 1291 with a wartime 1940s silhouette. The dress bodice is seamed at center front and shaped with waistline and bust darts; the skirt is also seamed down the center front and back and accented by waist tie which extend from the right centre front and left back and fasten at the left side. I chose to sew style 1 which has a tapering neckline set off by a bow and cap sleeves.
I love wearing purple and chose to use a solid color for the dress with black/ white contrast fabric for the bow and waist tie facings. There was no tie facings in the original pattern but something I wanted to add as it enhances the finishing of the garment.
The Bow which is held together by a ribbon in the centre is reversible. One side is in solid purple and the other black/ white fabric. I didn't sew the bow onto the dress, however, prefering to have the option of wearing the dress without it. The bow is put on with a safety pin, like a brooch and off course it can also be wore on another garment.
I found the waist ties to be pretty versatile too. With the bow on, I chose to tie it with the purple side out. But, without the bow, the dress looks more simple and I liked seeing the black/white contrast fabric at the waist taking centrestage.
I find that the dress looks simplier and more elegant this way. What about you, which way of wearing it do you prefer?