Dress Cool for Traffic School
This is a combination of new and old fabric from my stash this time. I really do have to focus on using up those bundles of fabric in my stash and not buy any more.
Fabric: “Small white dots on white” cotton from JoAnns and red stripe fabric from upcycled cotton dress
Pattern: DuBarry Perfect Pattern 5435 (originally 15 cents)
Notions: thread, two buttons
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: April 1, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: 3.99 for blouse fabric
Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Jo-Anns and I splurged! You see, Jo-Anns is 60 miles away, so when the opportunity arises, and I am alone, I go a little crazy! After throwing bolts into my cart and before having them cut, I did edit. Luckily, I managed to have some help with that. My youngest met up with me, and I took her more modern perspective on my fabric choices. On my list of needed fabrics was a few yards of something soft and white for a blouse that I wanted to match with a bold red and white skirt from my stash. Previously this was a complete dress, but the top half didn’t work for me so I cut off the skirt and stashed it. I really liked how my Duberry Dress turned out in the Oscar Challenge, so I used it to design a new top for the skirt fabric. I made a contrasting collar and cuffs from the top part of the old dress and added two red buttons form my button collection.The bottom of the top is gathered slightly in the back and under the bust in the front, and the skirt is also gathered. I sewed these two parts together.
I gave it the Mena test and was able to exclude the side-zipper. The reclaimed white belt does the rest of the cinching in. It’s definitely a summer look, and just right for stopping traffic or better yet, the Fourth of July! That’s a big deal where I live. We have a parade, BBQ, carvival, street dances, rodeos, and more. I’ll fit right in as I wave my little American flag.