The “West Side Story” Maria Dress
Fabric: Dress – Light Weight Jersey, Petticoat – Opaque Bottom Weight
Pattern: Vogue Vintage 8728 for Dress, Petticoat, online tutorial from Sugardale here is the link http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html
Year: Dress – Original Design 1948, Petticoat – Web Tutorial 2008
Notions: Dress – Thread, Zipper, Horsehair Braid, Buckle, Cotton Batting, Lace, Tear Away Stabilizer, Ribbon with Snaps and Satin Ribbon. Petticoat – Satin Ribbon, Twill Tape and Hook & Eyes.
Time to Complete: Dress 12 Hours, Petticoat 6 Hours
First worn: Photo Shoot
Wear again? Yes! Wish it wasn’t a holiday weekend, now I have to wait till Tuesday to wear to work.
Total Price: Fabrics $32, Notions $41
My inspiration for the Oscar theme is “West Side Story“. I love to watch this movie, last time with my best friend Carmen brought printed lyrics to sing along and my husband recently surprised me with the 50th Anniversary Collector’s DVD set. How fitting is it for Sew Weekly that the girls work in a dress shop as seamstresses! Natalie Wood had 3 outfits that I would love to make but I selected the blue dress on the fire escape. I have my husband to thank for the great photo shoot location, as soon as I showed him the inspiration photo he knew how he could bring the dress to life. Needless to say “I felt Pretty, Oh So Pretty”… but it was so cold outside my eyes started to tear.
A big thank you to both Sugardale for the Petticoat Tutorial and Gertie from “Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing” for the advise on where to buy Horse Hair Braid, Tear Away Stabilizer and Cotton Batting.
Learned a few new skills with this challenge; 1) used tear away stabilizer for the neckline, 2) used horse hair braid for the dress hem and 3) used cotton batting to make the shoulder pads (didn’t use in the end) – they showed to much under the light weight jersey. I added ribbon snaps in the shoulder area so I could stabilize the drape of the dress. I added dark blue satin ribbon to mimic the movie version but I need to add belt loops on the dress to keep the belt in place, the fabric is really slippery. My machine has a “Foot Pressure Dial”, that allowed the light weight jersey to run smooth and gathered evenly. The petticoat materials, I got an education on the difference between Tulle, Crinoline and Opaque Bottom Weight Fabrics. Because I plan on wearing this dress often, I chose the Opaque Bottom Weight, it feels nice against the skin.