The “5 Patterns in One” Dress
Fabric: Brown/Black Herringbone Suiting- $10
Pattern: New Look 6000
Notions: A zipper and button
Time to Complete: 4 hours
First Worn: Haven’t had a chance yet!
Wear Again: All the time!
Total Price: $12
My inspiration for this challenge comes from a fantastic website called Shabby Apple. If you haven’t been there you need to go check them out. They make fantastic dresses with a retro feel. And they also donate a percentage of their proceeds to women’s and children’s charities! The original dress is olive twill with a large fold over collar and gathers at the waistband. A couple of buttons fills out the design. After Class is $78 at Shabby Apple.
I borrowed this pattern from a friend because I loved the collar. I decided to follow the pattern more instead of the original dress as I thought it would be more flattering on my frame (pertaining to the waist details).
This dress took longer to sew than I’m used to because I had to make a bunch of alterations to the original pattern. I loved the side detail on this dress, but that design didn’t have bust darts! I cannot wear a fitted dress without darts! That’s just a bad idea. So I combined the two styles to have the side detail and bust darts. I then had to taper the pattern to three different sizes for chest, waist, and hips. I choose short sleeves so I could wear it for most of the year too. After all that was done I was finally able to get down to sewing. Oh, and I moved the zipper from the back to the side because I didn’t have a long enough zipper.
I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, but it will be a great dress to wear teaching! Or even just out to dinner. Right now it’s keeping my dress form warm! I couldn’t go outside to take photos this week, because Chicago got our yearly blizzard!