The “Ultra-Violet” Maxi Dress
- Fabric: purple textured cotton blend? (stash)
- Pattern: Simplicity 6559 (10 cents at a garage sale)
- Year: 1974
- Notions: thread, invisible zipper, seam binding, stash button
- Time to complete: 4+ hours
- First worn: June 17, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: <$10 for all the notions
Maybe a pattern from 1974 doesn’t exactly scream “Summer 2012 Fashion Trends” but upon some Internetting I found that maxi dresses are trendy this summer. (My mother confirmed this for me as she has been in a clothing store far more recently than I). And it just so happens I have no maxi dress. What to do?
Lucky for me, in early June I stumbled upon 11 patterns in my size for 10 cents a piece at a garage sale (including this one) and I snatched them up post haste. Most are 1970s, which is a great era for the maxi, and I think we’ll be seeing more of that type of thing from my sewing room this year.
Construction was a breeze, though I could possibly have done a better job in the center front where the bodice and the skirt meet, and once again things don’t totally match up in the back (what the heck?). The fabric handles well and takes ironing well. And it’s very comfortable. Also, it’s great for those summer days when you just don’t have time to shave your legs.
Can I just say I love this dress? I love wearing it. I love how it looks. I love that it’s purple (perhaps only the third purple item of clothing I have ever had) and I think that a nice bold color statement is in keeping with the Summer 2012 Fashion Trend challenge as well.
There’s only one thing that gives me pause…