Hot! 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


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. I really like that pattern. Maybe you’d like the silhouette more in a rayon? Something darker to take you into fall, perhaps? Anyway, I think it’s cute and good job finishing a UFO!

  2. Personally, I think the silhouette is great, but the length is making it kind of frumpy. Hem it up to the bottom of the knee and the flounce will be shorter, but I think it will totally transform the feel.

  3. I really like this dress, Love the pleats in the back.. I think it looks great on you.. Happy sewing.

  4. Laura, that is such a great pattern and I like your summery fabric. It’s so detailed and unique. I’d love to make one just like it! I’m glad you finished it and I hope you enjoy wearing it.

  5. Beautiful! And of course, you need a hat! (In my opinion very outfit needs a hat if at all possible.)

  6. I think it looks wonderful and you should continue to wear it!!