The “Braveheart” Dress
Fabric: 2 metres of some synthetic lightweight woven plaid from my stash, ~$8
Pattern: Simplicity 7049
Notions: 20cm invisible zip, ~$4, two vintage hooks and eyes
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: to work, Feb 21
Wear again? yep
Total price: ~$12
When you’re given the theme of any movie that’s ever been nominated for an Oscar to work with, you immediately think of ‘Braveheart’, right? (No?!?)
If I could have, I would have made a kilt. After all, few things could be more Braveheart-inspired than a kilt. But it turns out they a) take ages, b) take heaps of fabric, and c) take years of training to make. Hence, no me-made kilt. Not this week, anyway.
Hunting through my stash, I uncovered this brown and cream lightweight synthetic blend plaid. I have no idea what the fabric composition is, but it’s the sort of fabric that can really only be a dress. I figure it’s quite Braveheart-inspired, being plaid and muddy browns.
(Have you seen Braveheart? It came out when I was living overseas for a year. It was one of the few films showing in English where I was living, so I went to see it probably about three times at the movies and I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for it ever since. Even if it is starring Mel Gibson, but hey, not every movie can be perfect, right?)
I decided to branch out from my usual 1940’s or 1950’s style this week and dabble a bit in the 1970’s. 1975, to be precise. This pattern came from my mother’s pattern stash – I’m going to have to find out what she used it for next time I see her. I figured with the gathers and the drape, it was as close to the flow of a kilt that I was going to get this week.
My original plan was to make up the view without the tie belt, but you know what? It looks like a complete sack without that belt. Sure, the blonde model on the pattern illustration makes it look all cute and flirty, but from the side or the back, there is nothing but sack-like resemblance. Gotta love tie belts in those cases.
It’s not my usual style at all, and I think it’ll take a bit of getting used to wearing it, but it’s rather comfortable and it turns out that after I made myself wear it for a full day as a road-test, I actually quite like it. I’m even thinking of making it up in a soft jersey knit fabric at some stage, I think it would drape quite nicely that way.