The “Good Friend” Dress
Fabric: Cotton fabric, gift from my friend, Krissy
Pattern: Simplicity 3397, $1
Year: c. early 1960s
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$1
Personally, I've had rather a tough week. While I'd rather not let my life bleed into the Sew Weekly, the act of taking a photo looking all happy was so not a priority this week. So all you guys get is a picture of a rather fabulous dress.
While taking photos may not have been high on my list, sewing was. I find sewing to be a rather relaxing pursuit when I'm particularly stressed. So, not only does this dress look beautiful, it's probably one of the best constructed things I've ever done. In fact, I not only made this dress but another dress from the same pattern — out of vintage green silk. While I still need to insert the zipper in that one, I went all crazy and did the entire thing with French seams. What can I say? I was in the zone.
I do have to thank my dear friend Krissy for providing me with this fabric. I had only two pieces of fabric in my stash that were purple — both lavender. I had made a dress from a light purple gingham but it washed me out terribly. So when I went over to visit her, she let me take this piece from her stash. So thanks Krissy for making this week's creation possible! And thank you to my friend, Marissa, who encouraged me to skip the photo this week. I'm not sure if you guys realize this, but I'm kind of hard on myself.
You're a forgiving crowd, so I'm sure you'll all understand the lack of my huge mouthy smile this week. Even with me being all mopey in this post, I do have to say this is one of my favorite dresses ever. I wore it to the Alameda Point Antique Show (though I was so not in the mood) yesterday and got the most compliments I've ever receive for anything I've worn. I think about twenty people stopped me to say they loved my dress. That strangers cared enough to take the time to tell me that actually quite made my day.
And now, on with the week!