The “Keep on the Sunny Side” Dress
Fabric: Vintage cotton, $25 from Vintage Fashion Expo
Pattern: Butterick 3704, $5
Year: c. late 1940s
Time to complete: 10+ hours
First worn: August 2012
Wear again? Maybe after a couple washings
Total Cost: ~$30
First things first: I’m still alive. While it seemed like I was destined to miss two challenges in a row (life getting in the way and all), a little UFO made it possible to slip into this week’s musical challenge. In the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to do a little something inspired by The Carter Family. My original inspiration came the way of the original members — a 1930s dress that would possibly double for my Gatsby dress this year (I’m behind on that too!). When that didn’t materialize and this green floral print UFO did, I decided to go a little later and do the next generation of The Carters for this week’s theme. In particular these two photographs:
While the UFO fit the challenge well, the reason why it was a UFO remained: the fabric is just too stiff to fall nicely for this dress. Because of this, it’s just not that flattering and I look far thicker than I actually am. And, the pleats are just not flattering. It’s a terrible disappointment because I had such high hopes for both that fabric and the pattern (when I started it ages ago)
But in the spirit of The Sew Weekly and posting things that don’t turn out well, I just had to get something up this week. Even if it’s on a Saturday!
To more success next week!
Oh. A little detail about the guitar (which happens to be as old as my sewing pattern). It’s a 1948 Gibson L-7.