“When I Grow Up I Wanna Pony” Dress
Fabric: Three yards of thrifted fabric, that seems to have been used for a curtain or a bed cover, because it appeared to have been washed a lot. It is soft and maybe even faded from repeated washing.
Pattern: Vogue Vintage 8728
Notions: thrifted zipper
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: Early October for this photo-shoot
Wear again? Yes, this is one of my favorite dresses this year.
Total price: Less than four dollars.
I highly recommend this pattern to all of you who love that vintage 40’s look. This pattern looks hard, but it is super easy. Only five pieces, no facings, and only two darts. I cut bias-tape from the same fabric for the neck-binding and top stitched it. I also top-stitched the sleeves. The bodice is top-stitched to the gathered skirt. Easy Peasy! I thought the blue chambray background with the big flowers really fit the western theme.
Of course, my cowboy hat, bridle and boots help to turn me into an authentic cowgirl. Each of those pieces has it’s own story. The hat, we unexpectably won at an auction. The bridle, we won with “Frontier Days” rodeo raffle tickets, and the boots were a gift from my daughter.
I even remade a large full slip into a just-right slip for this dress. However, both fabrics are cotton so there is a little cling.
When my youngest was in middle school, we would make these time-consuming music videos. She would lip-sinc and move around adorably. I would film, and then we would both spend hours editing and then publishing our silly projects. We did five or six over a few years. Some we entered into contests and we would win first place once in awhile. Now it’s a challenge to find them again on the world-wide web. This one was one of our favorites. The song is by Casey Chambers, “”Pony”. The song includes the line I used in the title. Leah was about 13 and all of the footage is local, including the rodeo. Of course I’m biased, but it’s just as cute as can be. View it here. Thanks for looking!