The “Rose Hips” Top and Skirt
Fabric: Top: Upcycled Wool Jersey Dress and Rose Print Cotton Lycra Sateen,
Skirt: Upholstry Wool from stash
Pattern: Top: Simplicity 5939 Skirt: Simplicity Rebecca Taylor V1169
Year: 1965 and 2010
Notions: Interfacing from stash
Time to complete: 6 months including thinking time
First worn: For photos
Wear again? The top -yes. The skirt – after more work on both
Total price: $25
This project has been brewing in my head for months since some time in 2011 when Mena first mentioned we’d be doing – I for one, am glad it got pushed back a few months!
My favourite dress from the show is Joan’s Dress with Roses, worn for that scene when she hosts her husband’s colleagues for dinner and he humiliates her. Sad night – great dress.
I heard from someone who saw the actual costume in person, that the roses were roughly appliqued onto the dress. I can do rough!
So, the top started life as an 80′s Batwing Dress plus size dress from the Australian Label – Maggie T. It caught my eye in the Op shop because it’s made from a lovely wool jersey.
There was not enough fabric to make a dress – so it became a top.
TO MAKE THE TOP:
Cut out Roses roughly.
Iron the interfacing on to the reverse of the fabric
Cut out carefully
Zig-zag the edge
Topstitch into position
Sew side seams
Insert sleeves and finish hems
Makes it sound easy right? It took hours – and was all done in stages over weeks or months
TO MAKE THE SKIRT
Of course this was not easy either due to a monumental stuff up I made.
The skirt, due to my lack of organization, acquired an extra pattern piece from another skirt – fate had it that I measured this piece to see if the skirt was going to be too short (as I suspected) then, much to my surprise I discovered that it was long enough (except it wasn’t).
So I was disapointed to learn upon trying it on – that I had made the whole thing too short. And I had used nearly all my fabric.
I had procrastinated so much I was now down to the wire. I had a hair appointment scheduled for Thursday and was going to get my Hair Dresser to do me an Up-Do (I don’t do hair!).
I got home from the hairdressers and threw on the ruffle and put the zip in.
I think it looks ok for the photos – but the ruffle to be re-done with the gathers more even. I still need to line the skirt (upholstry fabric that is wool is scratchy) and I want to line the ruffle in this fabulous red shot taffetta fabric I have had for years too.
I have to say a big elastic belt covers a multitude of sins. It makes a badly fitting, unhemmed top fit and covers up the unfinished waist of a skirt! The sleeves also need those tuck shop lady flaps removed!
Did I mention I was really over it after being with it all that time? Maybe if I had spent more time on sewing than shopping for 60′s glassware to make the drinks cabinet pretty – this would have been totally finished.
New Season of Mad Men – Bring it on!