The “Jump in the Line” Dress
Fabric: Rayon, probably not vintage, but looks it, $1 thrifted
Pattern: Simplicity 1168, $5
Year: Late 1950s?
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? yes!
Total Cost: ~$6
Oh Global Warming, I wish I could quit you. This week’s challenge was supposed to be payback from our Australian and Southern Hemisphere contributors who had to sew a summer dress during the middle of their winter last year. It was supposed to be that. However, we’re all having some serious unseasonably warm weather right now and this sarong dress was actually quite wearable yesterday. In fact, I actually got a bit warm in the sun! Sorry, mates!
Ever since I bought this pattern last year, I was somewhat scared to tackle it. There’s a lot of darts and pleats and with a bust of 30″, I wasn’t quite sure if I could even get it to fit me. I barely had enough fabric, so I had to piece some of the ties together. I used EVERY scrap of fabric I could find. But that print! It’s so wonderful.
Amazingly, even though working with the rayon and all those darts was a bit of a pain, this dress was incredibly easy to put together. It’s a true wrap dress so there was no zipper to insert! Yay!
And now the title of this dress.
I had been having a pretty miserable weekend. Kind of a culmination of a bunch of annoying things in my life right now. Sewing is almost always my happy place and on Saturday night, that was no exception. The dress came together like a dream and it fit and I was content. Then some of those annoying things got a bit more annoying and I just kind of lost it. I was wearing this dress, sitting on the floor of my living room. Crying.
I listen to Pandora, so I never know what exact song is going to play. Well, there I was, sitting on the floor sobbing (in this dress). Add to the pathetic imagery: I was wearing a normal bra, so I sort of looked like Baby in Dirty Dancing when she’s trying on her performance dress and talking to Penny. So in the middle of sobs, Harry Belafonte’s Jump in the Line came on. Like the perfect song for this dress. And I’m sorry, but it’s kind of impossible to stay sad when that song comes on. That’s all I needed to get up the floor and actually dance to the song. By myself, in my living room. Totally not me, but it worked. I went to the mirror and thought “this dress looks pretty awesome” and I’m going to be fine. So there.
The next day, after this shoot, I locked myself out of my house. But that’s another story, entirely.
So for everyone who has bad days, know that you’re certainly not alone!