The “Second Life Sack” Dress
Fabric: Blue scraps found in my stash; Main fabric from Alameda Antique Fair
Pattern: Simplicity 2126 (original) revised bodice: Advance 6371
Year: c. 1945
Time to complete: About 2 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? Yes, finally.
Total Cost: Originally $11
I’ve made quite a few dresses that I’ve worn only once. In fact, a great deal of my 2010 wardrobe is stashed away in my sewing room, waiting for some drastic alterations. A combination of fit, style and construction makes these garments unwearable, in my mind. The “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Dress from February of 2010 was just one of those dresses that hadn’t seen the light of day for almost two years. In re-reading my post from 2010, I seemed to like it far more than I remembered. I could have sworn I thought it was a frumpy mess at the time! I certainly never wore it again, so that says something.
Before I went to work on this dress, I took one last photo of it in its original state. From the expression on my face, it’s pretty obvious that I feel super sexy wearing this sack. The print is matronly and I can’t stand the contrast of the sleeves with that neckline. Blegh.
So what was my plan?
Because of the raglan sleeves, I had almost no fabric to work with for the bodice. I had tried a couple of sundress tops and even those required more fabric than I could piece together. So, in a nod to my original dress, I decided to use blue contrast fabric and patch the bodice together. Advance 6371 was the perfect top for that. The skirt would stay as it was because I had actually done a hand-sewn hem. Oh, the old days of trying.
While you can’t tell in the photos (I didn’t take a photo of the back), the back bodice has the feedsack print as contrast, as well. If I was to make up this pattern again, I would have the entire back in one print or color. The reason? It makes my behind look even bigger than it is. Narrow back and then, bam!
But even with the backside issues, I love how this dress turned out and I will definitely wear it again. It is FAR more flattering than the original and is quite comfortable.
This week’s photo shoot was far from inspired. It was FREEZING and windy when I took the photos so I just wanted to be done with them. I think I took a total of 20 (versus my usual 200).