The “It’s 5 p.m. Somewhere” Dress
Total Cost: $41.76
Hello Sew Weekly friends!! I have missed you all! I am blown away by all the beautiful contributions this year – holy cow you folks are talented! I am so glad to be back sewing with my first garment of the year – huzzah sewing!!
As a lover of Mad Men and the amazing clothing that show brings to the world, I was ready to go crazy bananas on some vintage patterns and make a full on Betty Draper dress. What actually happened was me having a flashback to the last time I attempted to create a vintage wonder and quickly deciding on a new pattern with vintage flare. Behold the Victory Patterns Hazel dress, sans sleeves!
This pattern was beyond simple – no tricky cutting, no fancy techniques! It took less than 3 hours from tracing to trying on (thank goodness because all my allotted sewing time this week was used up by other stuff!) The fabric is a simple solid cotton from Purl (a recent splurge to replenish my fabric stash!) and behaved beautifully in dress construction – there was enough stiffness to make the dress flattering, but enough softness to make it comfortable. The only alteration I made was removing the sleeves and finishing the armholes with bias tape – Houston is WAY too hot for sleeves in the summer!
Putting this dress on made me want to head to the nearest bar and get a gin martini – is it 5 yet?