The “Girl Detective” Dress
I just love Nancy Drew. The stories are dated, but they sure are amusing!
The original book was published in 1930, so my 1928 Vintage Vogue reproduction seemed like the perfect silhouette. Over the years, the cover art and illustrations have changed, but I would say my overall favorites are from the 1940s (big surprise, right?!).
But in an effort to explore other decades, I decided to go with the original look.
Nancy is often pictured wearing the color blue, but I did not have anything suitable on hand. I did, however, have this gray rayon crepe that I rediscovered and thought it would work well with the pattern (even if it is not the perfect match for Ms. Drew).
I did not have time to make myself a cloche hat to complete the look, so I thought that a scarf made from the remnants of my rayon would work as a headscarf.
This morning when I put the dress on, I was worried that it looked too costumey, which is completely ridiculous considering that I feel completely at home in a poofy crinoline. Well, the dress is incredibly lightweight and breezy – just perfect for a hot day, and super comfy. I think I will keep it!
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Rayon Crepe
⁃ Pattern: Vogue 2535 (from Sew Weekly Pattern Swap)
⁃ Year: 1928
⁃ Notions: rayon seam binding; snaps; hook & eye
⁃ Time to complete: One week.
⁃ First worn: August 30, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes!
⁃ Total price: The fabric is so old, I really have no idea. Everything but the thread was pulled from my stash!