UFO (unusual fabric outfit)
Fabric: Three and a half yards of thrifted fabric
Pattern: Butterick 5708
Notions: invsible zipper
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: Mid October for this photo-shoot
Wear again? Yes! Definitely next summer
Total price: It’s been in my stash for over a year. Probably just a few dollars
When I first came across this fabric at the thrift, I knew I had to have it. What I would make out of it was another story. It’s been lurking in the fabric stash for well over a year. When the UFO challenge came up, this bold, daring giant polka-dot fabric screamed to be made into something. I knew it would have to be a fifties look, something with a full-gathered skirt to show off all of the big dots. I hunted through my patterns until I came across the ideal one. I love trying out new patterns, and I have been very curious to see just how this one would look made up. So I thought, I’ll use this one as a muslin and just go for it. I put it all together, and even put the zipper in, without once trying it on. When I had finished, I put it on, and fiddled with the ties, which as you can see from the line-art photo, can be tied in numerous ways. I found the one I liked best and was pleasantly surprised at the perfect fit and the over-all look of the dress.
This is another of my highly recommended patterns for sewers. It has only five pieces. The bodice pieces must be cut on the bias, so you have to be careful while cutting to line up the arrow with the grain. I did not have enough fabric to cut four panels for the front and back skirt pieces, but I’m happy with how it turned out with just two. Both are the width of the fabric and I think it is full enough. I will make this again someday, perhaps for one of the daughters. It’s so cute!
Our Indian Summer has lasted through Mid-October, so I am able to take advantage of the warm weather to model my very summery dress. Soon it will be rainy and cold and I will start making outfits that are more in line with the seasons. I just had to rescue this UFO piece of fabric from the midst of all the other more contemporary materials in my collection. I am so glad I did too. I just love it!
Today I have the advantage of not one, but two visiting daughters to help me with make up, styling and the photo-shoot. My husband who has become a great photographer this past year, is recovering from knee surgery, so I couldn’t possibly ask him to get down on his knees for the perfect angle, now could I?