The “Childhood Trumps Exhaustion” Dress
Fabric: Red & white pin dot quilting cotton from Jo-Ann’s, $9 for 2 yards; white scrap eyelet.
Pattern: New Look 6046, $3.99
Notions: Eyelet lace, embroidery floss – $2
Time to complete: ~4 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$15
Here’s a little fun fact about me: I WILL NEVER MISS A CHILDHOOD THEMED CHALLENGE. NEVER. If you recall, this past Saturday was my Titanic dinner (post and photos coming up later) and I was sewing/beading to the very last minute. This past week was completely devoted to finishing that darn dress. So, by the time Sunday rolled around, I hadn’t even started this week’s creation. I knew what I wanted to make but I didn’t even have the materials. Now, if I liked to be easy on myself I would have started in the morning. But since I had to go up to Petaluma to pick Penelope up from her grandparents’ house and since I had to go to Jo-Ann’s to buy fabric and since I had to go get some Korean BBQ for dinner and since I HAD to play Triple Town on my iPhone for an hour and a half after I put Pen to bed and since I HAD to watch Mad Men, I didn’t start this dress until 11pm at night.
Talk about procrastination.
The first half of the inspiration comes from a much-worn shirt of mine that is in numerous childhood photographs. Here I am, about two years old with said shirt:
The second half comes from this jumper that also is oft-photographed. While you can’t tell from the photograph, the fabric is red with little white pin dots. I hadn’t even realized that my mom was wearing an eyelet top in this photo. So, there you go: double inspiration!
When I was at Jo-Ann’s picking out the fabric, I saw that they were having a 99 cents sale on McCall’s patterns. So, instead of braving the mess of my sewing room and looking for a nice 1970s pattern, I decided to use the contemporary New Look 6046. I wish the skirt was a bit fuller, but I can’t make everything look like a 1950s party dress. The pattern was easy to put together and it’s nice to have a lined bodice.
Here’s a closer look at the bodice. The blanket stich around the neckline looks all wonky in the photographs, but I think it turned out well. After all that hand-beading I did for my Titanic dress, I can not believe I took the time to hand-stitch the floss. This was at about 2am. The necklace I’m wearing is locally made in San Francisco and you can get your own here. I have a thing for squirrels.