The Whispers in the Dark Dress
Pattern: Du Barry Perfect Pattern 5245 view 1 and Simplicity 4319 for the collar
Year: 1941 and 1953
Fabric: 3yds printed poly chiffon $13
Notions: thread and 2 vintage buttons from stash
Time to Make: 6hrs? I’ve been going really slow lately
First Worn: Friday to show the ladies in class and for a friend’s graduation party
Wear Again: yes-today
This will be a quick one. It’s early morning on Father’s Day and I want to make sure this is done so I can spoil my husband as much as he will let me. My project for this week is a no-brainer. Something long and comfortable that transitions well from day to evening. I don’t like packing for trips. I am a head to toe kind of girl and it would be too expensive to take everything I need for every outfit so I end up going to the other extreme. I take 1 pair of jeans and about 3 t-shirts. I nice blouse, basic black cardigan,1 blazer, and 1 scarf. Two dresses, a pair of sandals, a pair of heels and my go to studded slipons.
I used the blouse pattern for the 1940’s challenge for the top of the dress but instead of the peter pan collar I used the collar from the Prints challenge. For the detail along the edges of the arm opening I used the frayed selvage. I gathered it a bit then just sewed it right on leaving the other edge raw as well. I also lowered the keyhole opening by 3 or 4 inches.
For the bottom of the dress I just measured the length I wanted, cut it, then sewed that piece and the remaining piece together so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining. Gathered them at the waist and sewed it to the bodice. I used a 1 inch seam allowance then marked on the front of the dress where the openings would be for the drawstring and made two small buttonholes and cut them open. Then I pressed the seam up and sewed along the edge to create the channel that the drawstring would go through. Then I hemmed the bottom and added my buttons.
I was a bit tired for these pictures so they’re not my favorite. I’m glad my husband was along for the encouragement. I just love that guy!
I snatched the title from a Mumford and Sons song.