The ‘Go Your Own Way’ Dress
Pattern: Vogue 1435 American designer original
Year: Circa 1970’s
Notions: Zip, beads and scrap booking tacks
Time to complete: 4hours
First worn: The day I made it, I was swanning about the house singing Fleetwood Mac songs.
Wear again? For sure
Total price: With my Facebook $10 Spotlight voucher the fabric was free at $3 a metre, 3m needed all up, thrifted zip, tacks and beads all up, $7.
For this challenge I’m going with the maxi dress look! I’m really not too fond of the name maxi when it comes to clothes it sounds like a female hygiene product. Hey! I’m wearing a Maxi dress for maximum protection, hmm, they really should give it a more appealing name don’t you think?. The last time I wore a long dress I was attempting to summon up the positive vibes from some ancient pagan goddess dancing and chanting around a campfire somewhere in the back of the Australian bush but it was more your velvet and floaty lace kind of dress, you know the look. Yep that was a long long time ago.
This dress was a breeze to make, Leo Narducci’s design approach to natural dresses is understated and effective says the pattern, after swanning about Melbourne’s ‘The Shrine of Remembrance‘ and the Royal Botanical Gardens in her I would very much agree with this statement. Those stairs behind me reminded me of the scene in Rocky, of course I did my best victory dance when I reached the top.
Now that I’m standing up against these majestic looking doors which very much gives this dress an ethnic look, I can tell you a bit more about the construction side of things. The low scoop on the front of this dress, I feel, is only for the ladies with smaller lady-bumps, of course you could squeeze into it with larger lady-bumps but i’m afraid you could come out the other end looking like Snooki and if that is your thing, good for you. I think this dress is flattering for lady-bumps of my size. The zip is centred just below the bodice behind the beaded hanging ties, I like this idea very much.
On my shopping trip to Spotlight I passed the scrap booking section and spied these metal tacks and thought why not, after I spent a good hour applying them with the long-nose pliers, I thought it best to line the whole bodice to avoid any sort of irritation to the lady-bumps. The draw-string travels through a buttonhole at the front and comes out at the side seam, travels around the back making it’s way back into the side seam and out through the other buttonhole meeting up centre front. The pattern has different instructions for this because there is no lining involved. I’m yet to see if the tacks work out after a machine wash on delicate. I wonder if they will rust and spoil the fabric. Time will tell I guess.
Here is the dress amongst this gorgeous bamboo forest in the Royal Botanical Garden, this is my favourite photo because the pattern on the dress looks like bamboo leaves and I look like I’m on some tropical island when really I’m only half an hour from home. So, even if this pattern didn’t have pockets I would of placed them in anyway because I love a dress with pockets as you’ve probably gathered from last weeks sari dress post. Also I’m wearing a slip underneath because in certain light you can see through it. If I wore it to the beach I would omit the slip.
…and here is the dress standing next to this gorgeous lake at the Botanical Gardens where the lilies were just starting to open their smiley little faces, the sun is in my eyes and I have a wicked squint on but you can see the dress in full sunlight which is nice. So yes, my ‘Made this Look’ is all about the Maxi dress, I hope you like it, I can’t wait to see yours.