The “Batik at It Again” Dress
Fabric: Batik print from Treasure Island Flea, $5
Pattern: Advance 6055
Notions: snaps, fastener, fabric paints, $10
Year: c. 1950s
Time to complete: About 2 1/2 hours
First worn: March 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: Originally $35
Okay, so last week I didn’t budget my time well. Lesson learned and I started working on my green creation early on in the week. So if I was a good little seamstress, then why did I end up sewing on a Sunday night and taking my photos this morning? Well, the original dress that I diligently started on Monday turned into a frumpy mess. One day I may save it, but not today. And although I had accepted that I was going to sit out this week, I just had another dress in me. So, last night, after dinner I began working on this week’s creation.
Since I was working with a border print, I knew that I could pull a dress together rather quickly. After all, a long rectangle as a skirt is probably as easy as it gets. All I needed from the pattern was the bodice pieces and the band. This sort of dress is so easy to put together that I can describe the steps right here:
- Cut bodice pieces and make darts
- Cut band for straps. Fold over, stitch, turn inside out and attach to bodice.
- Cut long strip for the bodice band, fold it over and sew on the wrong side. Flip over and tack.
- Cut long rectangle of remaining fabric for skirt, gather and attach.a
- Oh, and insert zipper.
When I write out the steps, it seems a bit more complicated. But seriously, a dress like this just sews itself!
Oh, and despite my protestations that I would never wear a batik print dress, this happens to be the second one I’ve made. I’ve got to stop hating on the batik.
Woman: Well, he said “that’s such and Irish thing for you to do.”
I have to say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard “Irish” described as a race. I tried to listen more closely to hear just what Irish thing they were doing, but, alas, that will remain a mystery forever.
And, I’m totally proud of myself for making the sash in such a way that it forms this little pattern at my stomach!