“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!
- 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