The “Ahoy Matey!” Dress
• The Facts
Ever since Mena posted “Make This Look: Vintage Georgia Kay” I have wanted my own striped frock. Yes, stripes are a bear to work with/match, but I am consistently drawn to stripes and plaids – they are just so interesting to look at!
And guess what – I already had the suggested pattern in my stash! Big surprise, right! After all, it is a Vintage Vogue. As soon as I brought it home, I forgot about it. I decided that I had other, more interesting, patterns to tackle.
Turns out, the skirt uses four godets to create fullness. The original vintage inspiration is clearly a dirndl skirt cut on the straight of grain. So I had to decided if I wanted my cutting layout to be a real nightmare, or go the simple route and copy the original idea.
Well, as you can see, I resolved to go ahead and use the pattern pieces that I had. I sketched a few different stripe options before cutting into my fabric. It turns out, I liked the look of horizontal stripes on the skirt better than a vertical look. Horizontal stripes across my hips would normally be a real no-no, but I love that it makes the skirt look incredibly full. Oh, who am I kidding, I barely fit through a standard-sized door wearing this dress with two crinolines beneath. The skirt is massive, and so much fun to wear!
To complete the look, I made a self-fabric brooch and added a cute button I found that matched my fabric perfectly. Because a sleeveless cotton dress needs a cover-up at this time of year, I pulled out my Cabled Cardi.
And now, seeing as it is 1957, I am now ready to board the SS Constitution. Mr. Grant is waiting . . .
⁃ Fabric: Quilting cotton from JoAnn Fabrics
⁃ Pattern: Vogue 1172
⁃ Year: 1957
⁃ Notions: Zipper; Button for Brooch, Buckle from Stash
⁃ Time to complete: I never know how to answer this one – but I will say that it took an entire afternoon to cut this one out. And each cut was scary, not knowing exactly how the stripes were going to end up. But the end result was worth it!
⁃ First worn: January 23, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes, sir!
⁃ Total price: $32.66