The “Aunty Peg circa 1973” dress
Fabric: Spun rayon from www.croftmill.co.uk, £3.50 a metre
Pattern: Colette Truffle, minus the flounce
Notions: 22” invisible zip
Time to complete: about 6 – 8 hours (yay! finally a quick make!)
First worn: for a pub meal with my brother and his family
Wear again? Of course, I love it
Total price: This is the third make from the Colette Sewing Handbook (a Meringue and a previous Truffle) so at this point I am calling it free, the zip was £3.40, the lining was left over bits and the fabric about £10:50. So £13.90. (Online converter says this is $22.46)
This is my second Colette Truffle. For my first Colette Truffle I spent some time making a muslin and fitting the pattern. Ha! I thought. I’ll make it again. (This may seem obvious to you, but I think I am a slow sewing learner. I have only just twigged that remaking the same pattern makes sense.) Voilà.
I have used some lovely rayon I got online. It is a spun rayon and only a yard wide, the nice man at croftmill.co.uk says this makes him think they are vintage as they don’t have looms that narrow now. I fully lined it (as I did last time) with some leftover dark blue acetate and I didn’t add the ruffle as I thought that detail would be de trop what with all that busy pattern going on.
The day I got the photos taken I had so much fun. I went to the Festival of Vintage which was held at York races. It was such a lovely day full of vintage fashion, music and dancing. Many people were dressed in vintage outfits. I wore the 1950s dress I made last year for another sewweekly challenge and I had a vintage makeover (hair and make-up) at the pop-up vintage salon. I had my photo taken with two lovely gents from the Home Guard. Later on I went to the pub with my brother and his family for a meal so I took the opportunity to put on my new dress. My brother said (unprompted, I promise) “you look just like Aunty Peg used to”, which is just as well because that was exactly the look I was going for.
My inspiration is this photo from Christmas 1973 of myself, Humpty, Uncle Bill and Aunty Peg, wearing a blue and green dress. She always dressed like this when I was a child. In fact, I spent the day wearing her vintage clip on earrings and I appear to have her hairdo. She is nearly 90 now and I rang her to tell her what I was up to in her earrings. She was very amused indeed!