The “Peacock Plumage” Dress
I am very behind with my Sew Weekly Challenges. I have three dresses cut out and waiting to be sewn together, but I cannot really start until I find buttons or decide that I am going to make my own covered buttons. And it is extremely frustrating!!
But because I was so intrigued by the Vegas Challenge this week, I just had to come up with something.
Last week I found this fabulous print at JoAnn Fabrics, of all places! I grabbed the bolt and walked around with it for about ten minutes before deciding that it just wasn’t me. Then I found a maxi dress pattern that was on sale, and decided that I could work with the peacock plumage. Well, once I got it home, laundered it, and laid it out on the sewing table, the pattern repeat just looked odd to me. The maxi dress did not have many seams to break all of that up, so I pouted on the couch looking at all of the other new patterns that jumped in the basket and begged to come home with me. And there was Vogue 8814.
Thankfully, I had enough yardage for the dress. And instead of stressing out about matching all of those feathers, I decided to take a walk on the wild side. This is one of those rare prints that actually works better when it is not matched (at least, that is my opinion!).
And feathers remind me of Vegas show-girls. I am missing the headdress and skimpy outfit, but it is what it is.
And, of course, the modern pattern and crazy print is something out of my comfort zone/vintage sensibilities, so it is in keeping with the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Except I plan on getting a lot of use out of this dress – in and out of Sin City.
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Rayon Challis from JoAnn Fabrics; Bemberg Lining from stash
⁃ Pattern: Vogue 8814
⁃ Year: 2012
⁃ Notions: zipper, hook & eye
⁃ Time to complete: One week.
⁃ First worn: May 31, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Absolutely!
⁃ Total price: ~ 25.00