The “Bird” Dress
Forgive me. This has been such a busy week and I just don’t want to take apart an old photo album tonight to scan a picture. This dress is very loosely based on a photo I found of my Grandfather in the scrapbook that my mom made me years ago. He is wearing a brown shirt holding a bird that I thought was his pet parakeet Maxwell but was actually some other bird that he had likely rescued from some fate or another. He died of lung cancer when I was in 3rd grade so most of my memories of him are hazy at best but the photo made me smile and it reminded me of this funny bird fabric that I bought this winter.
The dress is Simplicity 3503 view F with short sleeves instead of long. I wanted to make it a maxi dress but once I started really working with the fabric I realized it was way to thin for that unless I wanted to wear it with a slip all summer. Its been so hot here lately there is no way I was going to wear it with a slip so I cut the skirt short and used the extra to make an extra layer. I put the shorter layer on the outside to mimic some of the skirts I’ve seen in the Garnet hill catalog lately. This is one of pattern-review’s best patterns of 2009 so its no shock that its a great pattern. It is though and I love the dress. I added about an inch to the bottom of the bodice since most reviewers said it ran short. I also reduced the seam allowances on the top and bottom of the waistband to 1/4in to add a little more length.
Emily really wanted to be in the pictures with me this week. She was wearing a new dress as well and wanted to do everything that I did.
Fabric: 3 yards of bird fabric plus a bit of navy cotton lycra I used a coupon and got the main fabric for about $9.00 total. The navy is leftover from another project.
Pattern: Simplicity 3503
Notions: navy thread It called for interfacing but I skipped it and like the results in this case.
Time to complete: Maybe 4 hours. It was pretty fast.
First worn: All day Thursday. One of my friends thought it was so great she wanted me to make her one. She better have been kidding though.
Wear again? and again and again and again
Total price: $9.00 the rest was leftover from other projects. I made a gold dress from the pattern last year.