The It’s Oh So Quiet Dress
Fabric | Sari silk fabric
Pattern | Nina Ricci for Vogue Paris Original 1245, seriously modified.
Year | Circa 1970′s I think cant seem to find a date.
Notions | thrifted buttons
Time to complete | 6 hours
First worn | For the photos
Wear again? Sure
Total price | $2.99
I love buttons I made this neckpiece out of buttons; buttons, buttons, holla buttons. I thrifted this wonderful fabric last year, it’s was a gorgeous silk sari, the front bodice I made from the more detailed section of the sari which drapes over the shoulder and sits at the front like this. The Vogue pattern I’ve mentioned was kinda thrown out the window once I opened the skirt up and it revealed a circular hem, I couldn’t use it because of the wonderful print that works it’s way along the top and bottom of the fabric so I cut what I needed in lengths.
To gather the skirt I used the ‘baste three lines and pull‘ method, a brilliant and effective method I say. I don’t know about you but I really like how the gathers look after they’ve been pressed. Oh the little things hey!? I’ve placed pockets into the skirt because I love a dress with pockets.
The bodice I ended up modifying as well, I don’t know why I didn’t choose a different pattern! the mind boggles. I ended up deepening the armholes and inserting darts front and back for a better fit. I guess this could be a great way to teach yourself how to self-draft?
My gosh I got so bored sewing the buttons on though, this is my buttonhole foot, I just load the button into the foot and press a button. I like it that way, I do want to try the bound button hole thingy one day. The armholes and the placket are interfaced and serged for a neat finish, the skirt is lined with a navy blue cotton selected from Le stash. The best thing about this dress is the hem. Don’t you love it when the works already been done for you? Overall, I like how she’s turned out, you know what? I think I like this ‘The Oh So Quiet Dress’ and the colour blue.