The “Have Yourself a Retro Little Christmas” Dress
Fabric: remake of a skirt made for the UFO challenge, plus some fabric I had left over from that.
Pattern: Simplicity 3833 view C.
Year: 1960’s retro reprint.
Notions: silver mega-fancy ric rak I’ve had for years from a fabric store’s pot luck bin, old vinyl headband, thread.
Time to complete: 7 hours.
First worn: 26th November 2012.
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: $0 (£0)
The challenge: “1960’s (early, mid or late)”.
Once upon a time, in February 2012 to be exact, I made a circle skirt out of a psychedelic pink and purple print sheet. It then sat in my closet, virtually unworn and unloved. I’d not put a firm enough waistband on it and it didn’t thrill me to wear it. This is very rare for the things I’ve made this year. So far only this skirt and the dress I made for the Childhood challenge haven’t been regularly worn. I made it the skirt for the first UFO challenge, it looked like this:
I’d had plans to make my version of Mad Men’s Megan’s Zou Bisou Bisou dress this week….but with kids dropping like flies and Thanksgiving getting in the way, I wasn’t able to go out and fabric hunt (especially as my version’s going to be hunting green not black so the pleated chiffon is going to be fun to get hold of).
So it was time for an unloved skirt to be repurposed, whilst channeling my inner Megan.
(Warning, warning: some 60s angular and awkward poses approaching!)
After some careful chopping up of the skirt (it’s pretty amazing how much you can get out of a circle skirt) plus the remaining bits of fabric I had from the first time around (I do love a jigsaw), I managed to get enough for a dress. You’ll notice there are some interesting pieceings on the front, hence the slightly puckering of seams because I’ve used bits on the bias again, but for a dress to muck about around the house in next summer that cost me nowt (translation: zilch, nada, nothing), it’s ok.
You never know, perhaps I can wear it to a Mad Men or 60s party too sometime….though I might have to wear Honor Blackman Kinky Boots with it, as I got these shoes in a charity shop ages ago and the because they’ve been DIY silver glittered the backs dig into my heels. I can only deal with pain in the name of fashion for so long…
What was it with 60s models, and the weird leg positions? I call that one the “this is why I can never be a ballerina” pose.
That’s obviously the “contemplating hailing a cab” pose.
The “someone thinks that lava lamp is a telephone” pose.
And naturally, the 60s modelling staple – the “oh dear I seem to have karate chopped my other arm off” pose:
Blimey, are there really only 4 more challenges left? (Winter, Challenge Re-do-over, Fave pattern and Happy Holidays for those of you eagerly awaiting our creations or wanting to sew along with the Sew Weekly Community).
I don’t want it to end and want it to end in equal amounts. I have a life to claim back, a house to decorate but there’s still so much I want to sew now I’m beginning to understand how. I’ve become obsessed with tailoring, men’s suits, Michael Fish and Antony Price over the last few months, and look forward to having more than just one week to finish projects. This would never have happened if I hadn’t done nearly 50 Sew Weekly challenges, I’ve learnt so much and expanded my horizons so far, it’s amazing.
And I’ve asked Father Christmas ever so nicely for my first serger to cut my sewing time down and save me doing endless amounts of french seams and binding of seams. Do you think I’ve been a good enough girl?
Btw…..it won’t be a big surprise to most of you I’ve chosen the Music challenge as my re-do-over in 2 weeks time. Let’s exorcise the ‘evil’ of the LBD once and for all shall we…..though (shock horror) there may be a large quantity of black involved, possibly (teasey tease tease) and I can definitely say I won’t be doing David Bowie but….. ;)