The “Something Blue” Dress
My sewing room is so full of UFOs, the government is going to classify it soon. Sigh. I was originally going to make this for ‘Down Under’, but I wasn’t feeling inspired!
Fabric: Blue floral cotton print from stash (4 yds.)
Pattern: Simplicity 4343 (vintage)
Year: early 1960s
Notions: Invisible zipper, Hook & eye (all from stash), Double fold bias tape (3 packages! $3)
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again: Maybe
Total price: $3
There are things I love about this piece, and things I hate. First off, I’m in love with the Mad Men costuming and 50s/60s aesthetic. This dress was the first one I made from that era, from a box of vintage 1960s patterns I bought on eBay. I chose it because it was ‘Simple to Make’, and I really think it was; I’m starting to feel like I’m advancing in sewing skill with every project I attempt.
Like my last project, there were a few firsts with this dress: bias tape and sleeves! I think I’m in love with bias tape; it adds such a great decorative accent to your piece and fabric. It also finishes my edges so well. I should have used thread to match the tape, but I didn’t want to go buy anything; I purposely chose a lot of cheap, scrap fabric for this, since it was my first foray into using vintage patterns. As for the sleeves, they were much easier than I imagined. I won’t be afraid of them from now on!
I do think that I need to work on fit. I REALLY want a dress form, because I can already see how it would help, especially the way that I visualize and alter things. I also need a petticoat to go under these super-full skirts… these skirts need the extra ‘oomph’ or they look like I am drowning. This one isn’t the prettiest, but it was a fun way to spend Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure if I will wear it again, because I think the full skirts looks poofy and big around my midsection. But I did like that my vintage patterns are close to my size!
I’m still a beginner (this is the 5th dress I’ve made) but it’s getting easier. I don’t need a manual to thread my machine, I’m no longer afraid of patterns when there are more than a couple of pieces, and I have grown to love my iron. I even made my laptop give up its table so the serger could have a permanent place; I think I’m becoming a ‘real’ sewaholic!