The “Oui Were Meant For Each Other” Dress
Fabric: Bon Vivant Paris Maps fabric by Paige Stanley Miller, $18 for 2 yards; brown scrap fabric
Pattern: Butterick 9265
Year: c. 1960
Time to complete: ~3 1/2 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$18
Last week, when I used Butterick 9265 for The “Button Foot is Back” Dress, I lamented the use of a busy print along with the buttoned version of the bodice. This week, I once again use the pattern and a very busy print. However, I switched up the bodice and chose to make my dress using the much simpler view “C.”
But first, the fabric and inspiration.
When I picked out the fabric for the challenge I immediately heard Michaels Kors’ voice, offering critique: “It’s just painful how obvious her choice was. Why didn’t she just make a stripe shirt, a beret, and send her model down the runway eating a baguette!” Yes, using a Paris street map fabric is a bit obvious, and although I tend to try to be a little less literal, I thought this fabric would be quite right for this week’s challenge. I happened to have some brown scrap fabric hanging around the house (leftover from the swap) that worked perfectly as a contrast for the midriff and sleeve facings.
And this print! It’s so adorable, I couldn’t resist.
Like last week, I ignored the skirt pattern. While it calls for pleats, I simply gathered all the fabric I had left and attached it to the bodice. This version of the dress is much shorter than last week’s and I think it works quite nicely as a more modern looking dress. This is the sort of dress that I could totally see being sold at ModCloth. Hence, the cutesy name of this dress. It just goes to show that a pretty full dress can be made with only two yards of fabric.