The “Tea Party” Dress
I think this week I should begin with a confession. I did not even know Gatsby was a thing until last year about this time when the ladies did Gatsby week. It looked like so much fun but I really couldn’t even begin to think of where to start when it came to creating a Gatsby dress. Enter a lot of google image searches and some Etsy browsing. I know poor me right? I ended up deciding that what I really liked about the children’s fashions of the 20s and 30s was that little girls wore little girl clothes. I was especially taken by all of the aline dresses that had no waist. I found this little dress pattern in the 6/2011 issue of Ottobre and thought it fit the bill for a cute little girl Gatsby dress.
The dress itself was pretty easy to sew. I made the tucks before I cut the front which is always easier. Its got simple little bound sleeves and and invisable zipper in the back. The main fabric is quilter’s cotton that my husband got me for Christmas and I picked up the contrast from the same line when I started planning the dress. Usually I don’t mix prints but I thought that added a bit of a modern twist to the dress plus it allowed me to use some stash fabric rather then just adding more.
Pattern: Ottobre 6/2011 design 13
Fabric: quilter’s cotton
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: Not that long but I’ve been sewing in tiny pockets of time lately
First worn: Sunday to a church pick-nick
Wear Again: One can hope. First she cried bc she though people would think she was in a nightgown then she wouldn’t take it off after pictures.