The “Peppermint Stick” Dress
- Fabric: Red Stripe cotton from Gorgeous Fabrics – $8/yard, Red twill from JoAnn Fabrics – $9/yard
- Pattern: Simplicity 4987
- Year: 1963
- Notions: 12-inch invisible zipper, self-made bias tape
- Time to complete: 4 episodes of Downton Abbey
- First worn: Valentine’s Day!
- Wear again? Yes, definitely.
- Total price: $20
Happy Valentine’s Day, Sew Weekly!
For this week’s theme, I knew just the dress I wanted to make. I’ve been hoarding vintage patterns for the last year, but haven’t dared give any of them a go. It was time to change that. Simplicity 4987 was one of my first vintage finds, a dress with an adorable collar detail and matching jacket. Paired with some red striped cotton from my stash, it was the perfect Valentine’s dress. With a few modifications, naturally.
Since I am not a sewing masochist, the six-gore skirt had to go. Can you imagine matching up all those stripes on six skirt pieces? That way madness lies, friends. Instead, I added a simple dirndl-style skirt, which made everything infinitely easier. The bodice is mostly simple – the standard vertical and horizontal dart combo – finished with bias tape on the armholes and the collar for the neckline. But that collar is anything but simple, isn’t it? It meets at the middle of the front neckline, with both sections ending in parallelograms, like the ends of a bow. The collar also continues around the scooped back, for a fun detail as I twirl about. For mine, I used a coordinating cotton twill, in the same red as the stripes.
Parallelograms…the quadrilaterals of love.
Scoop! Alas, I couldn’t get a better picture. Backs remain difficult to photograph.
For my first foray into both stripes and vintage patterns, I’m quite happy with the dress. If I did it again, I would fold my layout on one of the bold red stripes, instead of the exact middle, which fell on smaller pinstripes. It’s not too big of a deal, however. The collar still looks quite nice, despite the stripe placement. Not only is this the perfect Valentine’s dress, but the peppermint stripes lend themselves well to my summer wardrobe. I can’t wait to pair it with a blue cardigan and some white espadrilles, for a look that’s more nautical.