The “Rustle” Dress
⁃ Fabric: a taffeta-type fabric
⁃ Pattern: Style 1580 (Courtesy of Stacey The Little Tailor and the Christmas pressie swap)
⁃ Year: 1976 (totally wrong era, I know)
⁃ Notions: invisible zip, thread
⁃ Time to complete: about 20 hours
⁃ First worn: for these photos
⁃ Wear again? Sure – I just need an occasion
⁃ Total price: A lucky op shop find so maybe about $10 including the zip.
This dress started life as my St. Patrick’s Day challenge – truly the fabric is greenish, not just grey. However, it became clear that I was not going to finish it on time, I made a skirt instead. The more I looked at it also made me think of how it would work for the Mad Men challenge as though the pattern is from a later date, the fabric print made me think of some of the promo photos from Mad Men and the square neckline worked in well for me too. Like many others I have not actually watched the show, but I am aware of it and have seen many of the amazing garments.
The pattern came from Stacey and I have been wanting to try it for ages and with all of the fabulous princess seams it was a dream to put together. I did french seams all the way through and I really need to learn to try stuff on before I do the final seams as I have had to bring in the seams a lot. I could have left off the zip (a la Mena) but I wanted a more fitted look. Even with taking in the seams I can still get it over my head so Yeah for eliminating a little weight, but maybe I’ll need to remeasure me.
I spent a good bit of the 20 hours doing some hand-sewing and I was totally distracted half-way through making a top that it is becoming much too cool to wear but it had to be made at this point in time. Such is life.
I did make an error that I have decided to call fortuitous rather than stupid. I set the zip in too low and I wasn’t going to unpick that sucker … again! I have instead folded the upper edges down to form a bit of a collar-sort of thing. Of which I’ve failed to take a photo. Oh well, here is a close-up of my pearl necklace. I made it a couple of years ago. The fabric is really more green than it looks. And the title? It comes from the lovely rustling swishing noise it makes as I walk.