The “Finally Finished” Dress
This dress has been sitting in my closet, unfinished for over a year. Yikes – I just hate when I let that happen! But I certainly did not have the motivation to work on this one when it was cold and rainy. Because really, what is the point of finishing something that you cannot wear immediately!?
The cotton is beautiful and feels silky smooth. Unfortunately, this particular yummy cotton was printed horribly off-grain. Somewhere in the middle of sewing the dress in Summer 2011, I decided that the grain issue ruined the entire look, and I abandoned the whole thing.
This Spring and Summer, I kept meaning to finish the project, just so I could say I had one less unfinished dress. Here we are in September, and the weather/colors are soon going to make it impossible to wear (without looking even more ridiculous than normal!). So this week’s challenge seemed like a great excuse to pull it out of the closet, finish those pesky final bits, and wear the garment, at least once.
I believe I would be a bit happier with the dress if I had chosen a rayon to work with. But I almost always seem to choose rayons, so I wanted to try something different. What is that old saying about always going with your first instinct? . . .
This pattern has been tucked away for about 10 years, and although I am glad that I gave it a shot, it is not my favorite silhouette. Or perhaps I just need the perfect chapeau!
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile
⁃ Pattern: Vogue 2671
⁃ Year: 1933
⁃ Notions: Hug Snug seam binding; covered button kit; hook & eye; snaps
⁃ Time to complete: Too long, but I finally finished! I think the final tally is 1 year, three months, and two weeks.
⁃ First worn: September 13, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes, I suppose . . .
⁃ Total price: ~ $35.00