“The Final Frontier” Dress

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a Sci-Fi nerd.  But I’m not one.  (And there’s nothing wrong with that either.  I am a super nerd about a great many other things.)  Star Trek isn’t an obsession for me. It is, however, pure nostalgia.  I have so many memories of watching re-runs of the original show with my dad.  Among his many other interests, my dad loves science, space, and any science/space amalgam that was ever committed to film or video.  My dad was (and is!) always go-go-go with multiple projects around the house and yard, but if “a good sci-fi movie” was on, he would turn that distraction into a break.  That’s how it was when I was growing up and nothing much has changed 20 years later.

When I catch a glimpse of Star Trek every now and then, I immediately get transported back to my younger days.  There is just something about the too bright, too warm colors of the show that remind me of spending time with my dad.  (Star Trek, lumber yards, and city dumps.  That last one is weird.)  I guess I am blessed to have had a childhood that could be described as bright and warm on just about every level.

Though I am not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination, I admittedly have an extremely soft spot for Scotty, Sulu, and Bones.  And, of course, Lt. Uhura.  She was always the coolest:  heavy eyeliner, short skirts, and that crazy thing in her ear.  (What was that thing?  I suppose it had something to do with being Chief Communications Officer.)  She was so stylish, self-assured, and calm.  Even as a little girl I knew her cool was deeper than mere fashion.  Uhura was the best.

 

 

For this week’s dress, I found an unfinished project that had been started way back.  The original design had a red and white racing stripe down the front and another at the collar.  That dress was too big anyway, so I took out the stripe and just sewed a seam up the front instead.  I replaced the collar piece with black pique that I had on hand.  Then I put in a zipper, faced the armholes with bias tape, and hemmed it.  Voila!  Homage to a Starfleet uniform!

The Facts

  • Fabric:  Red and black pique.
  • Pattern:  I wish I could remember. . .
  • Year:  I bought the pattern ca. 2000 when I thought it would be cool to dress like a 1960s stewardess (or a 2260′s Starfleet officer).
  • Notions:  Zipper, thread.
  • Time to complete:  1 1/2 hours (+10 years)
  • First worn:  Last week.
  • Wear again?  Maybe.  It’s simply and summery.  I don’t like how it wrinkles.
  • Total price: $0
I am so happy to have finished a long-neglected project – which has been an ongoing goal.  A knack for starting and juggling multiple tasks over long periods of time is a trait I get from my dad.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  (Happy Father’s Day, Dad!)

Author

Liz

Liz makes her home in continuously gray, but lovely, Portland, Oregon. The cloud cover and raindrops only contribute to her dressmaking habit. Liz believes that all dresses should have pockets and all pockets should hold kittens.

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  1. Nice work. I have some great Star Trek memories as well.

  2. Cool dress, my brothers were big fans. I thought Scottie was a pretty funny character. The dress done in pique is great for summers.

  3. I am a bit of a trekkie and I love it!!

  4. It’s very cute, I love it. May it live long and prosper

  5. This is adorable : )

  6. I can totally see this as Uhura’s dress, but it could also work in real life too! Great job!

  7. Love your dress! I can’t resist tell you my favourite Star Treck joke. ‘How many ears does Captain Kirk have? Three – a left ear, a right ear and a final frontier! Hmm – well I think it’s funny!

  8. Lovely post, my dad also took me to rubbish dumps and boat yards!! I watched lots of Star Trek with my brother as a kid, and now my husband and enjoy a bit of Sci Fi!! Great dress – it looks amazing and lovely photos! I was really wishing you had some kind of gold brooch/communication device pinned to the dress and that thing in her ear – a the first blue tooth earpiece?

  9. I bet your Dad loved your inspiration for this weeks challenge. She came up a treat. You look fab.

  10. What a lovely tribute to your Dad and warm, happy, colourful days. That’s a fan dress and wonderful save of a UFO…..oooh it’s a Star Trek UFO! Fan! Chekhov was always my favourite other than Captain Kirk of course but you are totally right about Uhura’s inner strength, beauty and calmed assurance.

  11. I’m no sci-fi fan either but, I have the same nostalgia connected to this series. Way to save a UFO and capture the inspiration in a wearable way!