The “I’m Home!” Dress
I had an unusually difficult time deciding what I was going to sew for this week’s challenge.
This dress was originally going to be for Vegas week, for a Rockabilly look. However, the button selection at JoAnn Fabrics disappointed, once again, and I did not get it done. In fact, I did not even manage to get all of the pieces cut out.
I would say that my favorite television show at the moment is Dancing with the Stars. And as fun as it would be to make up a sparkly gown suitable in which to dance the fox-trot, I break out in hives at the thought of gluing anything to fabric, and with the time I had left, there was no way I was going to be sewing beads all over anything. Besides, I have no suitable event to attend at the moment, and I would not have the motivation needed to complete such a task.
I love Burn Notice, but there is absolutely no way that I am going to dress like Fiona.
Mad Men would be too obvious a choice.
And, well, I got stuck.
So once again, I am stepping back in time – BIG surprise, I know . . .
I adore everything about I Love Lucy. In fact, a couple of years ago, I made my own Lucy costume for Halloween, complete with my very own Ricky Ricardo.
This dress is certainly not a faithful reproduction of any specific Lucy Ricardo dress, but it is polka-dotted and it has a 1950s flair, so I am going to pretend that it counts. I thought that a contrasting necklace, hair bow, and an attempt at that famous hairstyle would help the illusion.
And I have to say that this dress received a whole lot of compliments today, so I am going to say it was a great big success!
⁃ Fabric: Linen/Rayon blend from JoAnn Fabrics
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 3849
⁃ Year: 1950s
⁃ Notions: Buttons; Hook & Eye; Seam Binding; plastic belt buckle (covered with bias self-fabric)
⁃ Time to complete: The idea for the dress started a few weeks ago, but most of the sewing was done this past week.
⁃ First worn: June 14, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes, sir!
⁃ Total price: ~ ?? This fabric is so old, I really have no idea.