The “Red Satchel” Dress
Fabric: Cotton print (2 yd.) from Walmart, $4.44/yd
Pattern: Butterick 5450 (Dress C)
Notions: Invisible zipper, optional blanket binding from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again: Maybe, if I fix the botched zipper job!
Total price: $10
I love handbags. I have amassed quite a collection over the years, ever since my aunt gave me my first real handbag in college: a Coach shoulder bag. Now I love a well-made bag with great materials, shiny hardware, and beautiful stitching. When I was in Iraq with the Army, I spotted a bright red Dooney & Bourke bag online (the Priscilla satchel) that I knew I must have. It reminded me of the Hermes Birkin! To celebrate my promotion to Captain, I bought it for myself and it ‘met’ me when I got home from deployment.
The problem is, I don’t have enough bright, coordinating pieces in my wardrobe to do this bag justice. Sadly, despite my love for it, I have only carried the bag once or twice as a result. So I decided to let the bright color inspire me to create a dress that would go hand-in-hand with the bag!
Confession time: I’m still a beginner. This was my 3rd dress and 4th garment ever, and I love it… except for the zipper. Does anyone else have this problem? The whole thing looks acceptable to me, except for the hideous job I did on the side zipper, which is visible if you know where to look. It was such a ghastly job I had to add the dreaded hook and eye to the top to hold it all together. Even though it was marked as ‘Very Easy’, the pattern took me a while. But I love the silhouette and pleating, so I can guarantee you will see me making this again sometime, in a different print and style!
Oh, and another confession: I didn’t fix the zipper because I got hooked on Downton Abbey on my Netflix. So I finished the dress by brute force quickly so I could watch it!
Next time I’ll go outside and take some nice, styled photos.