The “Sleeve it to Me” Dress
Fabric: Vintage Rayon? Gifted by Cute Church Lady
Pattern: Simplicity (pattern # unknown) Gifted by Cute Church Lady
Year: Circa 1940’s
Notions: zipper from the inherited stash
Time to complete: Before sleeves – 8 hours, After sleeves – 30 min
First worn: Before sleeves – August 2011, After sleeves – February 2012
Wear again? Sure, after I stuff my bra enough.
Total price: $0
When I originally made this dress, I had chosen to not add the sleeves to give it a more modern look. I thought that I was done with it. But realized last month that I had never actually worn the dress since “finishing” it last August. All because of the sleeves. I felt weird wearing it. Like it was missing something special. I decided to officially finish it and use it for my UFO project. I had sold the pattern last December. I wish I had a picture of it to share with you, because it looks so darn cute on the hand drawn figure wearing it. Thankfully I had cut the sleeves out back when I first started this dress.
I received the fabric and pattern from a cute and nice church lady. I loved the pattern, I thought it to be so chic. The bodice has the circular gather at the waist. I enjoyed learning how to put it together. I did not enjoy the constant adjusting of the darts, front and back. The fabric was to die for! I knew this fabric was meant for this dress. I instantly fell in love with the feel of it, the print, and the colors. I wish I had more of it so I could make a blouse as well.
When I first started this dress, I had the hardest time getting it to size down in order for it to not look so frumpy on me. I have a hard time getting things to fit my small frame properly. The pattern must have been a 12 or 14. Which in the 1940’s my waist size is perfect for a size 12 or 14 pattern, but my bust and hips are not. So the dress fits great in the waist, but is a bit frumpy in the hip and bust area. My straight figure does not wear vintage well, but I love it so much I cannot resist the urge to at least try.
I also wanted my photos to feel a little vintage, so I applied a gritty layer to them in Picnick. Though garage door backdrop isn’t very vintage. I wish my area had more photogenic places.