The “Prepared for a Posh Picnic” Dress
This dress turned out to be one of those garments that can look a bit Marie Antoinette, Victorian, or even “New Look” (as well it should, seeing as the pattern is from the 1950s!).
I do love a shawl collar! And big floppy sleeves!
The massive black and white print is perhaps a bit much for Queen Victoria, but the floral motif would work in a less bold fabric.
I know that it is a costume, but I just love this image of Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria. And it has a floral print, collar detail, and over-sized sleeves that make me swoon.
And if you would rather look at an actual garment worn by Queen Victoria, here is a fabulous collared confection complete with a pair of amazing sleeves. My dress is certainly not a copy of either of these dresses, but it has the same flavor. At least, I think it does!
It was an incredibly busy weekend making this one in time for a fundraising event this past Monday. There was a whole lot of hand sewing, a bit of frustration, and a real scare after trying the dress on without a petticoat – it looked awful to me in the mirror, or perhaps that was just my lank hair.
But I am quite pleased with the finished garment, and I have future plans for this sewing pattern (thank you, Peter).
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Rayon Satin; Silk Organza for underlining; Rayon/Silk blend satin for collar lining.
⁃ Pattern: Advance 5470
⁃ Year: 1950s
⁃ Notions: Buttons; Zipper; Hug Snug seam binding
⁃ Time to complete: One really busy weekend plus a few hours last week tracing pattern pieces!
⁃ First worn: June 4, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes.
⁃ Total price: ~ $35.00