The ‘Easter Egg’ dress
⁃ Fabric: Cotton that would have been for a doona cover or sheet
– Pattern: bodice from Vogue V8633, skirt of Simplicity 2886
⁃ Year: 2008 Simplicity and 2010 Vogue
⁃ Notions: Thread and green ribbon
⁃ Time to complete: 8 hours (?) ish
⁃ First worn: for the photos
⁃ Wear again? I think so, although I’ve had comments along the line of easter egg or little girls dress
⁃ Total price: About A$12
– Accompanying tv show: Time Team x 4 episodes
I started the Simplicity dress last year in December with the tag of ‘Home’. The full skirt looked awful on me as I had failed to lengthen the bodice, so at the time I unpicked and added a waistband to the skirt and am pretty happy with that.
I had done a fairly good job of the bodice and it was lined so I didn’t want to simply bin it, so the UFO challenge has been a great incentive to finish off what I started. I had started with a large piece of fabric and so luckily had enough to do the skirt for this and still keep the other skirt.
I knew I would need a pattern that had a fairly high waisted skirt that I could attach and would make up for the shortened bodice. I chose the Vogue V8633 which again I had used last year in the Hattrick challenge (so it was already cut out and I knew that it fit).
I tried the Mena trick and was able to leave out the zip and I love that it is easier to get in and out of it that it is to put on to either Imelda or Gertie (my mannequins). I did unfortunately not wisely pick the right section of the upper part of the skirt and have a dark band of colour around my waist (highlighting that which I would rather go unnoticed). I did consider a band of lace but that didn’t look right and I was unable to find a simple white belt, so I tried a little green ribbon to lighten the area. Not sure if it has worked but I like the colour.
There are a few little ripples and a fair amount of unpicking was involved along the way. I don’t love the fabric, but I do find it’s growing on me and it is a very comfortable dress. So I would say that I am happy with the outcome and am glad to have reduced my pile of shame by one.