The “She’s got issues” Dress
Fabric: Cotton Lycra Sateen $20
Pattern: From Australian Home Journal Magazine September 1961
Time to complete: About 4 hours
First worn: January 2012 to meet Kat in Wellington, New Zealand
Wear again: Yes I have to wear at least once, in its current form
Total Cost: Originally $35 including $15 for the magazine
Yay, there’s Kat and I, in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, where she lives! We had coffee, a walk, a photo session, then gelato – the she walked me home. Special hey? It was, we talked sewing all the way!
But the dress, she’s got issues.
FIRST ISSUE: Not enough fabric
I love this print, and the colours so I bought the last piece on the roll – I thought it would make a nice skirt.
Then I became obsessed by this Australian Home Journal pattern – and would have loved to find a similar border print – nothing on ebay except swimwear fabrics and other uglies. So this stripe (is that what you would call it?) fabric had to do. It was really wide so I convinced myself there was a dress in there – waiting to get out!
I had to piece together bits of fabric to get the bodice out of the fabric I had left.
SECOND ISSUE: The pattern
The pattern was teeny tiny – I should have thrown it away and used something that fitted me.
THIRD ISSUE: The fit
It looks weird, like it’s creeping around my body. The side seams of course don’t match up either.
FOURTH ISSUE: The wrong undergarments.
I purchased a black strapless bra, not realizing at the time that it is some kind of super duper booster bra! Now, I don’t have nothing to start with, so that didn’t help!
I haven’t worn it again – I might give it another try sans push-up strapless stupidity – before it feels the wrath of my pink unpicker and is transformed into the skirt it should have always been.
And Kat, well she is a bit shy, surprising for a girl with hair as blue as Wellington’s sky on a good day! But by the end of our walk she told me that she was expecting! I felt so special that she shared her secret with me. It made me forget my dress issues immediately! She is going to be a wonderful Mum!
Here is my spring palette, I hope this dress falls into it – the oranges and brown are not exactly correct but I doubt anyone will notice!
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